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Questions tagged [kinetic-weapons]

For questions about kinetic weapons, their uses, technology, and application. Kinetic weapons move a mass to speeds hostile to the target. That mass may be as small as an electron or as great as an asteroid, so long as the question is about the object accelerating the mass and not the mass itself.

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Ultrapowerful chemical propellant for guns

I'm building a moderately hard scifi future setting that focuses on space and land warfare and I'm trying to decide what would be the most realistic from an engineering standpoint of artillery tech ...
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Single-use nuke-propelled mass driver spaceship

So this is in the context where space battles are fought by ships that are little more than giant railguns (or other electromagnetic mass drivers), and therefore are fought at extreme ranges with very ...
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Is a sling a viable ranged weapon option for someone with poor eyesight?

I have a character who is, for lack of a better term, a Monster Hunter. She's physically fit, has a pretty high pain tolerance/is generally pretty durable, and is skilled in various forms of hand-to-...
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Would bio-kinetic metabolism allow the user to also absorb kinetic energy too?

I am trying to base a superpower around bio-kinetic metabolism where the user can not only generate a massive amount of kinetic energy but can also absorb a massive amount of kinetic energy. Is there ...
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Multi staged relativistic projectile usable in hard sci-fi space combat

Following this question, in the exact same setting I'm making a world where sub-FTL interstellar travel is a thing, and so is interstellar war, but for the purpose of this question we'll assume ...
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Hypervelocity projectile damage to spaceships

Next question about kinetic weapons in my universe: We have a coilgun/railgun, it launches a projectile at 30 km/s; if it meets a compartmentalized spacecraft on its path, does the projectile go ...
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Railgun-launched nuclear warhead

I'm making a world where sub-FTL interstellar travel is a thing, and so is interstellar war, but for the purpose of this question we'll assume the scale to be of a single system. Spaceships have ...
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Optimal shape for hypervelocity kinetic projectiles from space

In my universe, coilguns/railguns are popular weapon in ship-to-ship combat. But, they also have a place in orbital bombardment, as a ship on low orbit can hit a ground target in few seconds using ...
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Shattering Swords: Yea or Nay?

First of all, I have searched for a similar question but couldn't find anything. Sorry if it's a duplicate. The idea is this: my fantasy world has, beside regular ones, a set of Amazing Swords™. As ...
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Would a planet be inhabitable after being impaled? [closed]

Say that there is some mega-sized space tech that was developed to shoot a spear like object at a planet, and had enough power behind it to pierce the core. Perhaps something along the lines of a ...
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If bulletproof clothes become commonplace, how would law enforcement keep peace and order?

I'm currently writing a techno-thriller as a hobby, set in the modern world. Some scientists managed to create a mix of kevlar and carbon nano-tubes that can be bonded with regular textiles and ...
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Satguns - railgun on a satellite with evasive capabilities

So, railgun cold war coming up: http://www.popsci.com/an-electromagnetic-arms-race-has-begun-china-is-making-railguns-too And I imagine that the powers that be will be less shy about using these ...
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What is the most secure way initiate a kinetic strike?

So in the story I'm writing, there is a huge battle occurring for Earth between a rebel fleet and an interplanetary superpower. With a ground war raging below, the superpower's military decides to arm ...