In the 1950's an early version of Reagan's infamous 'Strategic Defence Initiative' was envisioned. It was called BAMBI, and stood for Ballistic
Missile Boost Intercept. It was essentially a constellation of very small orbiting satellites that had rocket boosters and primitive IR tracking heads
that were supposed to home in on Soviet nuclear missiles during their boost stage, when they were slowest moving and producing the most heat.
With the advent of the SDI, this BAMBI program was resurrected as a program called 'Smart Rocks,' where satellites housed the weapons and dropped
them. From here the program kept moving forward until it was more like the BAMBI program once again, with
floating around in space once again. This program
was called 'Brilliant Pebbles.'
In the early/mid 1950's there was another program called Project
, named after the hammer-wielding Norse god who could rain metal death down as he pleased. It reportedly originated from a U.S.A.F. research
project, and is basically summed up as 'an orbiting tungsten telephone pole with small fins and a computer in the back for guidance.'
Once given the launch command, a satellite would drop the the 'pole,' which would then speed up until going at orbital velocity, around 9 kilometres
a second. At this speed, when it hit a ground based target, it would have the explosive equivalent of a small-yield nuclear weapon, and would also
have great penetrating power because of it's long, thin profile.
This program was the first example of what we now call 'kinetic bombardment,' using dense objects travelling at very high speeds to eliminate
targets without the need of explosives.
Another program along the same lines was initiated in the early 80's, and was called either officially or unofficially
'Rods from God
The system worked on the same principles as the Thor program, but was obviously a lot more accurate, and could be likened to an earth-penetrating
nuclear weapon, like the Robust Nuclear Earth
The rods, 1 foot thick and 20 long, would be able to hit almost any target on the Earth's surface, with a minimum time from when the order was given
to when the projectile struck of about 15 minutes.
A rail gun simply consists of two rails, poles if you will, that you place a metal projectile in between. If you apply a positive charge to the base
of one rail, and a negative charge to the other, the projectile completes the circuit, and acting on the Lorentz force, this moves the projectile up
the rails. Rail guns can propel things to incredible speeds, along the lines of 65,600 feet per second. For comparison, the bullet from an M-16 leaves
the barrel going at 3, 200 f/ps.
There are a number of problems associated with rail guns. Massive amounts of power are needed to operate rail guns, and wear of the rails themselves
must be taken into account. This wear is probably the main obstacle designers have to deal with. As the projectile is flying up the rails, the rails
bend outward because of the same magnetic forces that are propelling the projectile forward. As the space between the rails and the projectile
increases, electrical arcing occurs, which vaporizes the rail surface and renders the rail inoperable. This problem is mainly an engineering one:
rails must be developed that must be highly conductive, but that also cannot
bend outward. The United States military has made some major steps
forward in this area.
There has been some talk that rail guns could be used to propel satellites into orbit. An obvious problem with this would be that the satellite, and
all it's delicate internal components, would be exposed to exceptionally high g-forces, which would surely have destroyed anything we have put into
orbit so far.
But if a satellite were to not have delicate internal components, and was made robust enough to withstand the g-forces, then theoretically a rail gun
could propel it to escape velocity, and project it up on a computed angle so that it could 'slot' into an orbit.
The reason that I am talking about all this is because a member of ATS - he has requested that his name not be mentioned (so any of you who might have
an idea please do not say anything) - has claimed that he is part of a project being run by a branch of the Japanese Self Defence Force that involves
lofting three hundred and forty - yes, 340 - satellites into orbit using a very large, very special rail gun.
He was officially told that the satellites would be used as a defensive measure against an Extinction Level Event asteroid, but has been led to
He says that two satellites are in orbit already, both test versions of what is to come. All 340 of the satellites will be armoured to the extent that
they 'can withstand any current anti-satelite weapons,' using his words.
Each of the satellites will be carrying 500 iron-cored depleted uranium rounds, coated in silicon. They are reportedly slightly bigger than a golf
One of these rounds has been test 'fired' into Russia and left a crater 100 metres wide and 40 deep (110 by 44 yards).
There will be 15 hours between each launch, as it takes 14+ hours to charge the rail gun before each launch.
He says the rail gun for the launch of the first real operational version of the satellite has already begun charging, and at GMT 6:28am on the 17th,
he said there was approximately 13 hours, 23 minutes until the rail gun would be ready to fire, which translates to GMT 8:00pm on the 17th, which is
in exactly 6 hours as I write this.
I think and hope this guy is playing me for the fool here, but what do other members think of this? I thought that this was worth bringing up, at the
risk of looking a fool.
He says the project is called 'SS-2391.'
[edit on 17/1/2007 by watch_the_rocks]