P4_6 Shoot for the Moon

William Sainty, Holly Graham, Sam Kneeshaw, Simon Howard-Clark


In this paper we calculated the maximum mass that could be red from a 32 MJ railgun to strike
the surface of the Moon to be 0.52 kg, assuming an airless Earth. The muzzle velocity of the
projectile was found to be 11.1 kms-1and the speed at which it would hit the surface of the moon is 1.90 kms^-1.

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