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His dish, with a diameter of only 42 inches, has the ability to "melt steel, vaporize aluminum, boil concrete, turn dirt into lava, and obliterate an organic material in an instant." He shows off some of the "death rays" capabilities in a youtube video. While it is impressive and clearly dangerous, "death ray" is a bit of an exaggeration.
Eric Jacqmain, 19, took 5,800 tiny mirrors, put them onto a 5'9” dish at a cost of only about 90 dollars, and proceeded to obliterate anything he put into its focal point (you remember discussions on parabolic reflectors from high school, don't you?).
Unfortunately for Jacqmain, his 'death ray' dish met it's own grisly end when it was destroyed in a shed fire. Jacqmain added: 'Yeah. It "committed suicide". It's very likely that it was the cause of the fire. Nothing left of it but half melted wagon parts and the adjustable mount.' If there was ever a case of self-destruction, this was it.
Originally posted by warbird03
Title needs to be fixed, it's actually 5,800 mirrors.
Edit: I suppose I should comment on the topic itself
He was able to melt steel for about 90$ worth of material and only needs the sun to operate, I would think they could put something similiar to use in industry in place of heat sources fueled by other (costly) sources.edit on 31-1-2011 by warbird03 because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Blackmarketeer
"Death ray"? "Melting steel"? Guess headlines sell. It'll take a lot more than gluing mirrors to the surface of a satellite TV dish antenna to do any of the things this kid is alluding to. Far stronger mirrors are used in solar power plants with less fanfare... (see Solar Power Plant)
Originally posted by Hawkwind.
Like it. You could easily heat water and cook with this, I'm amazed it's not used more as a free energy source. Although, not good for those of us who live with constant cloud above our heads (like here in England, yes, we like to moan about the weather, you would too if you lived here, heh)
Anyway, here's a bigger version of these mirrors, this one melts thick steel www.youtube.com...
Originally posted by lizziejayne
reply to post by sonofliberty1776
There's a HD version embedded in this link: Daily Mail
The ray generates enough power to melt steel, vaporize aluminum, boil concrete, turn dirt into lava, and obliterate any organic material in an instant.
It stands at 5ft 9ins and measures just 42 inches across.
Read more: www.dailymail.co.uk...