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When are Turreted Railgun better than Spinally-Mounted Railguns?

Why build any long barrel, why any big gun? Your question sounds as if it were irrelevant how long the barrel or how big the gun is, but it absolutely is not. I don't even need to go into any reasons: ...
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When are Turreted Railgun better than Spinally-Mounted Railguns?

Railguns are heavy Railguns need to be very strong. Whenever one is fired, the two rails create enormous magnetic forces which try to push them apart. To avoid bending the rails need to be strongly ...
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When are Turreted Railgun better than Spinally-Mounted Railguns?

Size of ship My small, lightweight, fast-moving ship can only support a spinal mounted railgun because the kickback of any non-spinally-centered shot would induce a spin. I also need the potential ...
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When are Turreted Railgun better than Spinally-Mounted Railguns?

Rail gun is a projectile weapon - meaning there is a physical object being thrown at a target. How it will be used depends on what your world (and universe) looks like and, specifically, what tech ...
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When are Turreted Railgun better than Spinally-Mounted Railguns?

Since it’s a railgun, I would go with a mass driver gauss rifle design. It essentially speeds up an object pushing a payload (which is your ammunition) and stops the object pushing the payload, ...
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When are Turreted Railgun better than Spinally-Mounted Railguns?

Rail torque. Rotating the turret with long protruding railgun puts torque on the rails because forces are applied only to one end of a long structure. They wind up bending out of true. At best this ...
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Magnetic Flux Pinning Whipple Shields?

You definitely can use magnets to keep the layers of the shield in place but what benefit does an active system like this over a passive system? In a passive system you get a significant reduction in ...
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When are Turreted Railgun better than Spinally-Mounted Railguns?

This question asks a trade-off between traversement speed and projectile energy. In a turret, your ability to point the weapon is limited by the speed at which you can turn the turret. This gives the ...
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