posted on Aug, 23 2003 @ 11:34 PM
Very interesting finds!
I dont think that there would be much problem with the functioning of a NR-23 23mm autocannon in orbit: There would not be any substantial difference
in material stress without an external atmosphere, and the Soviet weapons were known for thier reliability in extreme environments... However, as all
ballistic weapons are correctly aimed based on precalculated parabolic trajectories of thier projectiles, and this largely affected by aerodynamic
drag, I do wonder how accurate this weapon would be in actual use.
In addition, keep in mind Newtons first law: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction... In orbit, firing a 23mm cannon, especially
in sustained bursts, would be the same as firing a manuevering jet. Therefore, for every shot fired, there would have to be a compensating spurt fired
from a rocket motor. The fact that each shot would tend to move the vehicle off the target does not bode well for accuracy...
There is also the issue that the shells once fired would essentially be in thier own orbit... firing at a target in a different orbit, at a different
altitude, traveling at a significantly different speed would seriously complicate accuracy as well...
Also, because there is no gravity to pull the shells to earth eventually, once fired, if they miss thier target, they could concievably continue on in
the ballistic orbital trajectory... which means that eventually they may come around and meet thier point of origin.... How do you explain to your
superiors that you shot yourself down?
I would say that a self propelled rocket with an active self guidance system would be far better suited to orbital combat.