Re-inventing the wheel...

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UK engineers have tested a projectile technology that they believe could be used to explore the Solar System.


The steel penetrator was fired at a 10-tonne cube of ice to simulate the surface of Jupiter's moon Europa.


It hit the block at a speed of 340m/s and decelerated rapidly, but its structure remained intact, as did its interior components.


Researchers say the penetrator would be a robust and inexpensive way to land instruments on other worlds.
BBC News - British space penetrator passes icy test

With another 10 years of research and a few tens of million pounds of funding, they'll probably get the penetrator down to about 9g in weight and 7.82mm in diameter. Of course, they'll need a launcher with a long rifled barrel to impart enough spin to avoid yaw.
 
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BBC News - British space penetrator passes icy test

With another 10 years of research and a few tens of million pounds of funding, they'll probably get the penetrator down to about 9g in weight and 7.82mm in diameter. Of course, they'll need a launcher with a long rifled barrel to impart enough spin to avoid yaw.
It'll never happen unless they go for 7.62.

Of course the spams will come along and insist their 5.56 penetrator is far better.

edit - beaten to it
 
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They want to stop thinking small, the daft science mad cunts, honestly what kind of important stuff can you fit inside a projectile that small.
They'd be better off figuring out how to launch this bastard into space, it's pretty much indestructible as it is, I had one for years, I crashed it and it caught fire twice, but it kept going, the only reason it's not still around is because I parked it somewhere in Newquay got lashed up and forgot where it was. It only cost 150 quid so I left it and got the train home.

It's probably still there though, blocking some cunts drive, resisting all attempts to remove it.
 

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