posted on Jul, 7 2009 @ 02:55 PM
reply to post by aegis80
the steam catapults require large amounts of maintenance, and specialized maintenance equipment on board.
Plus all of the steam piping and valves that need to be maintained.
If implemented correctly the magnetic system should be much more durable thatn the steam system. If the system has a dedicated power system, then it
could still launch planes while the ship is dead in the water.
where as if you lose steam your done, and you could lose steam at any number of places in the complex maze of piping required due to battle
The basic technologies of the magnetic catapult have been in use for decades, maglev trains, very large machine tools etc, all have been using this
sort of technology for years.
There is no difference in principle between a linear indunction motor and a rail gun they are the same thing.
The main thing about the magnetic catapult is that it is completely tunable for the vehicle's mass.
Steam catapults have a min. weight and max weight.
They cannot launch a uav its too small.
mag catapults will also be easier on the aircraft, a steam catapult makes maximum acceleration at the start of the launch, while a mag system can
start easy and then accelerate to max at the end of the throw.
Im surprised its taken this long to make the switch.