Tuesday, January 31, 2012

ta loco..., self-guided bullets on top of autonomous drones...,

io9 | There was a time when increasing the distance between yourself and a sharp shooter bent on your extermination would significantly improve your chances of survival. But that time is coming to an end.

Government engineers have designed a bullet that can aim itself, correcting its own path mid-flight in order to connect with targets over a mile away. Is this the future of armed warfare?

The formidable projectile was designed by engineers Red Jones and Brian Kast of Sandia National Laboratories. And while this bullet is technically a prototype, preliminary tests cleary demonstrate that it has the potential to revolutionize the design of smart ammunition. Here's how it works:

Your traditional small-caliber projectile has grooves — called "rifling" — that cause it to spin and fly true as it passes through the air. The physical principles behind this behavior are the same ones governing the flight of a spiral pass in a game of football. Fist tap John.


Ed Dunn said...

Not feasible.. a bullet travels too fast and the target itself is not that high value to make expensive small caliber laser-guided projectiles. In addition, keep in mind that the laser itself will be a signature bigger than $h(t pointing directly as the source of the shooter.

Tom said...

I wondered about the expense too.  And Sandia does have a bit of a reputation as a dreamworks. 

Uglyblackjohn said...

It'll start off as a bullet but end up being a bunker buster missle.