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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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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How effective would a stone cannon be?

How effective would a cannon made of stone be? Would it actually fire? Would it still be usable after firing? Would it be as effective as a metal cannon? How thick would the walls of the cannon ...
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What subatomic particle is best for a particle accelerator gun?

Theoretically, assuming it was possible and practical to take a particle accelerator and turn it into a gun/cannon weapon, and use it to shoot accelerated subatomic particles. What sort of subatomic ...
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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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What is the maximum viable speed for a projectile within earth's atmosphere?

Assume a projectile, made of a very heat-resistant and durable material (something like tungsten), formed like a modern saboted tank cannon shot. If tungsten, like suggested, is not ideal, you can ...
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Why would non-kinetic weapons be used for orbital bombardment?

The space borne planetary invasion force is a staple of many Sci-fi genres and most space invasions face the need to destroy some, or all, ground based infrastructure from orbit in order to take over ...
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Limits on EM kinetic weaponry

I am looking for kinetic armament for spaceships. With nuclear reactors providing power, there is plenty of energy for kinetic EM weapons. EM weapons come either as coil guns or as rail guns. What ...