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Posted: 2/18/2012 12:54:22 PM EDT
Testing of the electro-magnetic catapult slated to replace the steam version on carriers:

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/see-this-electromagnetic-catapult-shoot-an-f-35c-joint-strike-fighter-plane-into-the-sky/
Link Posted: 2/18/2012 3:24:05 PM EDT
Yeah I heard about that several years ago. I had no idea that they were that close. Its amazingly quitter than the steam catapults. But CVN Ford ummm. Kinda a week name IMHO
Link Posted: 2/18/2012 3:27:08 PM EDT
That was fantastic, thanks for the video.
Link Posted: 2/18/2012 3:27:55 PM EDT

Originally Posted By ruger556boy:
Yeah I heard about that several years ago. I had no idea that they were that close. Its amazingly quitter than the steam catapults. But CVN Ford ummm. Kinda a week name IMHO

the magnetic cat was supposed to be on the GHWB but they had some problems with it and delayed it to the Ford class IIRC
Link Posted: 2/18/2012 3:28:34 PM EDT
Does/Did the F35 have a tailhook problem?
Link Posted: 2/18/2012 3:30:55 PM EDT

That's fuckin cool.

Thanks for posting.
Link Posted: 2/18/2012 3:31:03 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/18/2012 3:33:47 PM EDT
Meh, boring. It doesn't have the same aesthetics w/o the steam leaking all over.
Link Posted: 2/18/2012 3:37:22 PM EDT
Originally Posted By ruger556boy:
Yeah I heard about that several years ago. I had no idea that they were that close. Its amazingly quitter than the steam catapults. But CVN Ford ummm. Kinda a week name IMHO


It gives up more easily?

I bet you meant 'quicker', right?
Link Posted: 2/18/2012 3:40:52 PM EDT
Magnets, how do they wrok
Link Posted: 2/18/2012 3:42:33 PM EDT
America! Fuck Yeah!!
Link Posted: 2/18/2012 3:51:35 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/18/2012 5:45:29 PM EDT by Skibane]
I'd bet this is a lot easier to control than steam, too.

In theory, they can instantaneously vary the the amount of "pull" being exerted, as the plane is moving down the ramp - Faster acceleration, and less stress on the pilot and airframe.
Link Posted: 2/18/2012 3:51:53 PM EDT
That was really cool!
Link Posted: 2/18/2012 3:53:40 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Matthew_Q:
Originally Posted By ruger556boy:
Yeah I heard about that several years ago. I had no idea that they were that close. Its amazingly quitter than the steam catapults. But CVN Ford ummm. Kinda a week name IMHO


It gives up more easily?

I bet you meant 'quicker', right?


My money would be on "quieter."
Link Posted: 2/18/2012 3:56:10 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Andras:
Meh, boring. It doesn't have the same aesthetics w/o the steam leaking all over.


Yes, like all the crap from horse drawn carriages, those were aesthetically pleasing too.
Link Posted: 2/18/2012 4:09:24 PM EDT
Originally Posted By DaveS:
Does/Did the F35 have a tailhook problem?


It did, but I think it's already been corrected.
Link Posted: 2/18/2012 5:43:13 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Matthew_Q:
Originally Posted By ruger556boy:
Yeah I heard about that several years ago. I had no idea that they were that close. Its amazingly quitter than the steam catapults. But CVN Ford ummm. Kinda a week name IMHO


It gives up more easily?

I bet you meant 'quicker', right?


Or quieter.

I don't think it is supposed to be quicker.

It can be adjusted to the weight of the aircraft and give a more controlled acceleration than the steam catapults could, IIRC.

Link Posted: 2/18/2012 6:20:41 PM EDT
not a railgun OP, a coilgun, maybe.
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