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Ian McNab is leading a consortium of the Institute for Advanced Technology (IAT)  at the University of Texas Texas Tech University, the University of Minnesota, and the University of New Orleans to build an aircraft-based railgun that would launch microsatellites into orbit.

The European Space Agency is funding a feasibility study of a ground-based railgun to launch suborbital scientific probes and, ultimately, microsatellites. The study team consists of EADS Space Transportation of Bremen, Germany, the DLR – Institute of Aerodynamics and Flow Technology of Braunschweig, Germany, and the German-French Research Institute of Saint Louise, France.

The Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren, VA is upgrading its railgun facility. According to NSWC Dahlgren Commander Captain Joseph McGettigan, the objective is to develop a weapon that could “deliver lethal, hypersonic projectiles at ranges in excess of 200 nautical miles within six minutes,” and would be based in the stealth DD(X) Destroyer now under development. http://www.onr.navy.mil/media/releases/image_gallery/default.asp?categoryID=9

Ordinance Engineering College Institute for New Concept Weapons, Shijiazhuang 050003, China, is developing electromagnetic guns. Other Chinese “New Concept Weapons” R&D programs feature ultra-high frequency EM weapons, ultrasonic wave weapons, stealth weapons, mirror-beam weapons, plasma weapons, ecological weapons, logic weapons, and sonic weapons.

Sandia National Laboratories is developing coilgun and railgun mortars able to fire 120 mm diameter projectiles with a muzzle velocity of 420 m/s and kinetic energy of 1.6 MJ. Assisting Sandia are the IAT, the Army Research and Development Command, Picatinny Arsenal; the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory at Florida State University, Los Alamos National Laboratory; and TPL, Inc.

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