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5th Nov '17 12:29:02 PM WillKeaton
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Coilguns on the other hand involve far less stress on their components, and therefore don't wear out near as quickly. Instead, they are limited by needing far more complex control systems to activate and deactivate the coils in time[[note]]the classic demonstration is an aluminium ring jumping off a coil when it's turned on. But steady acceleration requires doing this repeatedly, as close behind the projectile as possible[[/note]], and the speed at which the coils can be turned on and off is limited by the coils' inherent inductance[[note]]electromagnetic "inertia" defining how fast energy can get to or from the field[[/note]] (with exotic proposals such as superconducting coils that are laser quenched to turn them off) and magnetic saturation point of the projectile. They are however better suited for launching more massive projectiles at low speeds. The original idea of "mass driver" was to hurl tons of ore from the Moon's surface for orbital or suborbital pick up.

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Coilguns on the other hand involve far less stress on their components, and therefore don't wear out near as quickly. Instead, they are limited by needing far more complex control systems to activate and deactivate the coils in time[[note]]the time,[[note]]the classic demonstration is an aluminium ring jumping off a coil when it's turned on. But steady acceleration requires doing this repeatedly, as close behind the projectile as possible[[/note]], possible[[/note]] and the speed at which the coils can be turned on and off is limited by the coils' inherent inductance[[note]]electromagnetic "inertia" defining how fast energy can get to or from the field[[/note]] (with exotic proposals such as superconducting coils that are laser quenched to turn them off) and magnetic saturation point of the projectile. They are however better suited for launching more massive projectiles at low speeds. The original idea of "mass driver" was to hurl tons of ore from the Moon's surface for orbital or suborbital pick up.
5th Nov '17 12:27:26 PM WillKeaton
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->"''This, Recruits, is a 20-kilo ferrous slug. Feel the weight! Every five seconds, the main gun on an ''Everest''-class dreadnought accelerates one to one-point-three percent of light speed. It impacts with the force of a [[ShownTheirWork 38-kiloton bomb]][[note]]Almost. 20 kg at 0.013c has a kinetic energy of a little over 150 TJ, which is closer to 36 kilotons.[[/note]]. That is three times the yield of the city-buster dropped on Hiroshima back on Earth[[note]]Again: almost. The yield of Little Boy was about 16 kilotons, so 36 (or 38) is more than twice but significantly less than three times as much[[/note]]. That means: [[UsefulNotes/IsaacNewton Sir Isaac Newton]] is the deadliest son-of-a-bitch in space!''"

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->"''This, Recruits, is a 20-kilo ferrous slug. Feel the weight! Every five seconds, the main gun on an ''Everest''-class dreadnought accelerates one to one-point-three percent of light speed. It impacts with the force of a [[ShownTheirWork 38-kiloton bomb]][[note]]Almost.bomb]].[[note]]Almost. 20 kg at 0.013c has a kinetic energy of a little over 150 TJ, which is closer to 36 kilotons.[[/note]]. [[/note]] That is three times the yield of the city-buster dropped on Hiroshima back on Earth[[note]]Again: Earth.[[note]]Again: almost. The yield of Little Boy was about 16 kilotons, so 36 (or 38) is more than twice but significantly less than three times as much[[/note]]. much.[[/note]] That means: [[UsefulNotes/IsaacNewton Sir Isaac Newton]] is the deadliest son-of-a-bitch in space!''"
26th Oct '17 1:34:25 PM TheLearnedSoldier
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*** By ''Mass Effect 3'', all the Council and allied races have upgraded their main ship guns to these, having reverse-engineered them from Sovereign's wreck. [[InformedAbility Not that you'd be able to tell]], as the visual effects remain the same as if they haven't been upgraded.
16th Oct '17 11:15:54 AM Saber15
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** ''Mechwarrior Living Legends'' adds the Hyper-Assault Gauss Rifle, and the Improved Heavy Gauss Rifle. The HAG, available in salvo sizes of 20, 30, or 40 slugs, is a ultra-high velocity rapid fire Gauss machine gun that has extreme burst damage but mediocre sustain damage due to it jamming very quickly. The Improved Heavy Gauss deals slightly less damage than standard Heavy Gauss and has even worse ammo economy, but has no damage falloff at range and a higher overall maximum range.
7th Sep '17 3:42:10 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** The ''Halo: Warfleet'' guidebook notes that the point-defense turrets on UNSC ships and stations are all coilguns.

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** The ''Halo: Warfleet'' guidebook notes Various guidebooks note that the point-defense turrets on UNSC ships and stations are all coilguns.
7th Sep '17 3:40:34 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** The ''Halo: Warfleet'' guidebook notes that the point-defense turrets on UNSC ships and stations are all coilguns.
2nd Aug '17 2:34:48 AM bfunc
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*** The implication of launching a projectile with a kinetic energy of 150 TJ every five seconds is that even assuming perfect efficiency in the launch system the ship needs to be generating ''at least'' 30 terawatts of power (30 TW * 5 seconds = 150 TJ). To put that into perspective, a typical nuclear power plant might generate about 1-2 ''giga''watts.
2nd Aug '17 2:08:51 AM bfunc
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->"''This, Recruits, is a 20-kilo ferrous slug. Feel the weight! Every five seconds, the main gun on an ''Everest''-class dreadnought accelerates one to one-point-three percent of light speed. It impacts with the force of a [[ShownTheirWork 38-kiloton bomb]][[note]]Almost. 20 kg at 0.013c has a kinetic energy of a little over 150 TJ, which is closer to 3''6'' kilotons.[[/note]]. That is three times the yield of the city-buster dropped on Hiroshima back on Earth[[note]]Again: almost. The yield of ''Little Boy'' was about 16 kilotons, so 36 (or 38) is more than twice but significantly less than three times as much[[/note]]. That means: [[UsefulNotes/IsaacNewton Sir Isaac Newton]] is the deadliest son-of-a-bitch in space!''"

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->"''This, Recruits, is a 20-kilo ferrous slug. Feel the weight! Every five seconds, the main gun on an ''Everest''-class dreadnought accelerates one to one-point-three percent of light speed. It impacts with the force of a [[ShownTheirWork 38-kiloton bomb]][[note]]Almost. 20 kg at 0.013c has a kinetic energy of a little over 150 TJ, which is closer to 3''6'' 36 kilotons.[[/note]]. That is three times the yield of the city-buster dropped on Hiroshima back on Earth[[note]]Again: almost. The yield of ''Little Boy'' Little Boy was about 16 kilotons, so 36 (or 38) is more than twice but significantly less than three times as much[[/note]]. That means: [[UsefulNotes/IsaacNewton Sir Isaac Newton]] is the deadliest son-of-a-bitch in space!''"
2nd Aug '17 2:07:42 AM bfunc
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->"''This, Recruits, is a 20-kilo ferrous slug. Feel the weight! Every five seconds, the main gun on an ''Everest''-class dreadnought accelerates one to one-point-three percent of light speed. It impacts with the force of a 38-kiloton bomb. That is three times the yield of the city-buster dropped on Hiroshima back on Earth. That means: [[UsefulNotes/IsaacNewton Sir Isaac Newton]] is the deadliest son-of-a-bitch in space!''"

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->"''This, Recruits, is a 20-kilo ferrous slug. Feel the weight! Every five seconds, the main gun on an ''Everest''-class dreadnought accelerates one to one-point-three percent of light speed. It impacts with the force of a [[ShownTheirWork 38-kiloton bomb. bomb]][[note]]Almost. 20 kg at 0.013c has a kinetic energy of a little over 150 TJ, which is closer to 3''6'' kilotons.[[/note]]. That is three times the yield of the city-buster dropped on Hiroshima back on Earth.Earth[[note]]Again: almost. The yield of ''Little Boy'' was about 16 kilotons, so 36 (or 38) is more than twice but significantly less than three times as much[[/note]]. That means: [[UsefulNotes/IsaacNewton Sir Isaac Newton]] is the deadliest son-of-a-bitch in space!''"
20th Jul '17 4:02:04 PM CheeseDogX
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** The game's signature weapon is the "Boom Gun", a massive single-shot railgun (actually a coilgun, but the books don't distinguish between the two) wielded by the Glitter Boy PoweredArmor. So powerful, the Glitter Boy has to anchor itself to the ground before firing.

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** The game's signature weapon is the "Boom Gun", a massive single-shot railgun (actually a coilgun, but the books don't distinguish between the two) wielded by the Glitter Boy PoweredArmor. So powerful, the Glitter Boy has to anchor itself to the ground before firing.
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