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Death from Above
US-based missiles to have global reach

From the Article:
"The Pentagon is planning a new generation of weapons, including huge hypersonic drones and bombs dropped from space, that will allow the US to strike its enemies at lightning speed from its own territory.
Over the next 25 years, the new technology would free the US from dependence on forward bases and the cooperation of regional allies, part of the drive towards self-suffi ciency spurred by the difficulties of gaining international cooperation for the invasion of Iraq."

The story goes on explain how they'll be able to drop bombs on anywhere, within 2 hours. Oh, and because they're being dropped from space, you get that cool terminal velocity effect where something that isn't explosive still destroys everything in a city block. Gotta love Big Brother. :paranoid:

When it reaches terminal velocity it's just not accelerating anymore.. not some magic that makes it more damaging..

Indeed, but a 1,000LB rod of titanium is gonna yield a big hole.

Anyone feel like calculating the TV of a 1,000LB rod of titanium?

Just plug in the numbers...

-Kevlar

Quote: from Spaze on 9:50 pm on July 1, 2003[br]When it reaches terminal velocity it's just not accelerating anymore.. not some magic that makes it more damaging..

I'm no science wiz, but, umm, it's not exactly magic. It's fairly basic high school physics, or should be. An object travelling at terminal velocity has the potential to inflict more damage than it would of prior to reaching terminal velocity. Course, alot depends on what's travelling and what it's hitting, but that doesn't change the underlying principles.

Thinking before posting is good.

Terminal Velocity really only applys to things you just 'drop'.

Something launched from orbit or sub orbit would need to be propelled in some manner to have any really effective targeting capacity. As to terminal velocity, it isn't that much kenetic energy. take things that fall off aircraft, like those blue cubes of frozen shit that occasionally are reported to smoke trailer parks. They would be hitting at terminal velocity, and they weigh around 50 kilos or so, and all they do is trash a car or blast through a roof.

But, if you increase the velocity,  things get really nasty. In theory you could have impacts from an orbital station that approach small metorite damage levels. Hell, just slam a 200 meter wide rock into a city.

The -real- question everone should ask is does the USA have the economy to complete such a project? And will this project survive the exit wound of Bush leaving power. My bet is that the cost of these sorts of things will just stop them from fully happening, that or the US will attempt to do this, and the debt load will catch up with the nation. Or maybe the international community will say 'hey, screw you'.

My hope is that Japan jumps in and races against the Americans, cause you -KNOW- a Japanese made mass distruction space based weapon will be -WAY- better than some crap made in the US...

If dropped within a certain range (I'd guess 30 miles or so) of a target, the targeting computer in the smart bomb could control the fins enough to direct it with very good percision. Air pressure physics works well without any power.

Quote: from Iga on 5:42 pm on July 3, 2003[br]community will say 'hey, screw you'.

My hope is that Japan jumps in and races against the Americans, cause you -KNOW- a Japanese made mass distruction space based weapon will be -WAY- better than some crap made in the US...



My hope is that Japan builds a giant robot.

That shoots its fists.


Grendizer! Go!

Yes, and while they're at it, it really ought to have panels that open in its chest and shoot out meteors. Or it should be able to walk on water, or at the very least, fly. Perhaps it will take the form of a giant building that will suddenly come to life and wreck a whole city.

And while they're at it, it would be nice if it was 2-dimensional, highly colorful animation.

All I want are frickin' sharks with frickin' lasers on their foreheads.

Or these designs would probablly suit my purpose equally as well.

Quote from the webpage, complete with illustration: The red jewel in the middle of his hat shoots lasers. The blue bit all around can shoot water. His hair can stab into people and shoot fire up. His nose can shoot bogies at people. His head is a triangle shape. His eyes can shoot slime. His beard can stab into people and shoot water. He's not a lazy monster. He has 6 arms his body is so big and fat the fire comes out of his belly. His hands can shoot stinky stuff - so stinky that people can't breath.

-Kevlar

The real question here is why is Kevlar looking at this kids homepage...

*coughs, and ducks and covers*

I did a google search for 'lasers outta his frickin' eyes' and this was one of the first results.

-Kevlar

Sure you did, Kev...  Suuuuurrre you did...  *patpat*