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Orbital Hyper Velocity Gun (HVG) - Rail Gun

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During the Strategic Defense Initiative days of the mid 1980s, one of the weapons technologies that was discussed was a Hyper Velocity Gun (HVG) placed in orbit to fire at inbound ICBMs and MIRVs.

Artist's conception (top) of USAF space-based hypervelocity launcher aka railgun, among kinetic energy weapon systems being investigated, employing electrical forces to fire "smart" projectiles (Boeing).

Source: http://images.google.com/hosted/life/l?q=star+wars+source:life&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dstar%2Bwars%2Bsource:life%26ndsp%3D21%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN&imgurl=cde4d8460376b678

Artist's conception (second) of USAF space-based hypervelocity launcher aka railgun, among kinetic energy weapon systems being investigated, employing electrical forces to fire "smart" projectiles (Boeing).

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Thinking of making thread with SDI tech artist concepts, not only railguns. What do you think?
 

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An artist's concept of the interception and destruction of nuclear-armed re-entry vehicles by a space-based electromagnetic railgun. The LTV Aerospace and Defense Co. has demonstrated hypervelocity launch technology in the laboratory that is applicable to a ballistic missile defense system. Date Shot: 9 Jul 1984

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