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Sunday, May 27 • 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Electromagnetic Rail Guns, Fact and Fiction, History and Potential

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While the theory is sound and electromagnetic rail guns have worked well in the lab on a small scale for decades, operationalizing one into a practical weapon has been an engineering challenge. That hasn’t stopped science fiction authors and screenplay writers from employing them for everything from infantry rifles to starship battles.

As a weapon, a rail gun will launch an extremely high velocity projectile efficiently with a high rate of fire. Modern precision guidance techniques promise to make such systems revolutionize several warfare areas. And the engineering challenges appear to be getting nearer to solution, so soon these will no longer be entirely science fiction.

This lecture will discuss current developments in rail gun weapons, delve into the physics of these systems, attempt to separate fact and potential from fiction and fancy, and project their near-term use across a variety of warfare areas. Presented by Capt. Mark McDonagh, USN/ret., a submarine officer with 12 years’ experience at the Naval War College and with BS and MS degrees in physics.

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Mark McDonagh

USN Captain (retired)
Mark has a BA & MA in Physics, and does research in submarine analysis/support. He worked for Sonalysts. Mark is also a former Naval War College instructor, including being a operator/participant in various military exercises and wargames. Mark is also the co-founder of the National... Read More →

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Charles Hildebrandt

Production Counsel, Museum of Science Fiction
Charles represents, advises, and litigates on behalf of clients in commercial, copyright, and entertainment law matters, including film, television, publishing, games, and music production, licensing, and distribution. Charles has over 20 years of experience negotiating and drafting... Read More →

Sunday May 27, 2018 12:00pm - 12:50pm EDT
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