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originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: 1947boomer
And then you're running into the issues of ASAT weapons, and counter defenses, and more and more costs. The only real advantage it gives you is speed. A conventional missile, or aircraft, gets you many of the same effects, just takes longer to get to the target. It becomes six of one, half a dozen of the other. The number of times you have to hit a target that fast are going to be few and far between.
originally posted by: Stevenmonet
Eggs. Simple raw eggs. Dropped from 5,000-30,000 feet. Spread over agricultural and residential centers.
Impact damage ok, but the after effects will render the effected areas untenable for years.
All sorts of nasty biological organisms come out to play when rotten eggs are spread across a broad area.
A farmer with a large chicken coup and a pilots license could render a small city uninhabitable for years relatively simply.
This has been known to the united states government since the 60's, at least that is what was claimed by the person who told me he ran the studies.
Good luck finding the info online. I have tried, but have yet to find any mention of the studies he claimed the dod performed.
The way he told it though, it results in near complete biological chaos and destruction within residential and agricultural centers with little to no mitigation possible.
Pretty much have to burn the whole area or wait a few years after nature reclaims it and hope for the best.
He described near biblical plague levels of insects, rodents, and snakes swarming an arra within weeks.
I saw the footage of the spiders and snakes in Australia durring the recent flooding, and his descriptions of a post high altitude egg drop sprang to mind.
Heaven help us if what he said was true and anyone ever decides to use the ultimate cost effective "lazy dog bomb"
I have ever heard of. A little over 5,500 eggs could cover 1 square mile with one egg per sqft.
That is about $600-700 bucks in eggs a pilots license and a simple dispersion apparatus he described but I will not describe here.
Truly scary stuff and quite frugal.
originally posted by: beyondknowledge
What makes this impractical is the cost of getting the rods into orbit. This would change if one of two things happens.
originally posted by: ANNED
As for Rods from God they don't have to be solid tungsten rods they could be nickel iron rods with a nose cone heat shield and fins of tungsten making the impact site look like it was hit by a meteorite from space.
originally posted by: J1mmyNeutron
Not sure if this has been posted before, I did a search and hadn't come up with anything.
Anyway, if it is, redirect and delete please
This may be known to some, new to others, but there's a hypothetical military armament designed to be used in outer space that uses assisted gravity to 'drop' solid tungsten rods from space, that reach Mach 5 speeds and have enough kinetic energy to destroy an underground nuclear bunker.
Tungsten for its strength and ability to withstand the air pressure upon re-entry into Earths atmosphere.
The below article mentions these kinetic bombs have the same destructive power as a nuclear bomb.
Actually, a very primitive technology, these kinetic bombs are usually called 'Lazy Dog' bombs. They were utilized in many modern wars. Simple steel balls with spikes attached, dropped from Zepplins, buildings or airplanes.