posted on Jul, 23 2007 @ 11:44 AM
Over on the thread about the Patriot in the junk yard, some of the posters were discussing cruise missiles, and it reminded me of this.
There are a couple of us that are dedicated 'practical jokers' and we tend to look for projects that will cause, let's say 'consternation' to be
kind. The fun part is, we can come closer to pulling it off than most. That's generally where the other guys will rein us in. I got a wild hair to do
this very thing last year - I guess it's better we didn't, given the level of poo this caused.
The website has many twists and turns with lots and LOTS of fun material in it, I encourage you to wander and see what you can find. Somewhere in
there is a video clip of a news program where they covered the story - the US Government apparently stepped in and got the NZ gubmint to shut the guy
down. He got some high level attention too.
Anyway, could you do it? YES, yes, you could, although you'd have to be a pretty good designer to get the guidance system worked out. We had sketched
up something a bit more elaborate than this, but the guy's pulse combustion engine would do if you could keep it from shaking the airframe and
electronics to pieces. We were looking at purchasing some used but serviceable turbine engines to power ours, you can get little ones just the right
that's intended to be an APU, but we
were pretty sure with some tinkering you could dismount the generator and either get it to turn a ducted fan or use the exhaust for thrust or both.
There is a group of turbine engine aficionados out there doing all sorts of fun projects that led us to believe you could most likely rig one for
thrust. Here's an example,
although there are lots of others. You can also just buy one
off the shelf but that's cheating.
Anyways, I give you...the homebrew cruise missile!
edit: thanks, I hadn't looked at this in months and had misremembered the guy as being Australian
[edit on 23-7-2007 by Tom Bedlam]