SPACE FORCE: An Electromagnetic Coilgun C/O ARCFLASH LABS

    Arcflash

    For those of us living in a Space Force pseudo fantasy world that involves elements from Firefly, Dune, Starship Troopers and Star Trek The Next Generation (best generation), our days seem to have arrived. Whether or not your coilgun needs involve the protecting the ‘Verse, a working weapon that uses electromagnetic energy to propel projectiles at lethal velocities is absolutely intriguing. Arcflash Labs has announced the availability of the EMG-01A to those willing to pay to be an alpha tester for the first commercially viable coilgun. The cost is $950, Browncoat not included.

    Details are listed below.

    ARCFLASH LABS: THIS IS THE ALPHA TESTER VERSION – READY TO SHIP IMMEDIATELY, WILL REQUIRE SIGNING A SEPARATE ALPHA TESTER CONTRACT

    https://arcflashlabs.com/product/emg-01a/

    • Unit ships with one (1) EMG-01A gun, one (1) 6S LiPo battery, one (1) 9-round magazine, as well as one (1) 40A fuse.
    • CHARGER SOLD SEPARATELY DUE TO FCC RESTRICTIONS (SEE BELOW)
    • AMMUNITION SOLD SEPARATELY
    • Actual unit is black in color.

    The Arcflash Labs EMG-01A (Electro-Magnetic Gun – 01 Alpha) is an 8 stage, IGBT switched, low voltage capacitor augmented fully automatic coilgun.

    It features 8 IGBT stages, each with an independent infrared optical gate.  The fire control and sequencing of the coils is controlled by a nanosecond-precise microcontroller switching IGBT gates which allows for firing up to 4 rounds per second at >45m/s.

    The EMG-01A is configured to ONLY fire 0.25×0.75” steel projectiles (dowel pins).  Arcflash Labs recommends the use of 2575 Magnetic Armatures, but any 0.25×0.75” steel dowel pin should work.

    The EMG-01A is shipped standard with a 9 round coil spring magazine which can hold up to 9 rounds single stacked, and fire up to 6 rounds on full-auto.  The gun is also shipped standard with a 1500mAh 6S Lithium Polymer battery (charger sold separately) which can provide power for over 100 shots before needing to recharge.

    Accelerator Specifications

    Primary power source 1x 6S LiPo – 25.2V, 1500mAh
    Power supply 1.5kW (battery direct drive)
    Capacitors 2x 180mF/25V electrolytic
    Switches 8x IGBT/opto triggered
    Projectile 0.25×0.75” carbon steel, 4.6g
    Capacity 9 rounds (standard)
    Rate of fire 4.0 rounds/sec
    Muzzle velocity 45 m/s
    Muzzle energy 4.65J
    Efficiency 6.5%

    Physical Dimensions

    Barrel length 10.0”
    Bore 0.25”
    Physical Dimensions 20.5” x 6.8” x 3.9”
    Overall Weight (unloaded, no battery) 2.5 kg

    Documentation: EMG-01 Manual_v2

    Device exempt from FCC certification under section 15.103-h:  (h) Digital devices in which both the highest frequency generated and the highest frequency used are less than 1.705 MHz and which do not operate from the AC power lines or contain provisions for operation while connected to the AC power lines. Digital devices that include, or make provision for the use of, battery eliminators, AC adaptors or battery chargers which permit operation while charging or that connect to the AC power lines indirectly, obtaining their power through another device which is connected to the AC power lines, do not fall under this exemption. 

    For more information:
    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CFR-2010-title47-vol1/pdf/CFR-2010-title47-vol1-sec15-101.pdf
    https://www.fictiv.com/hwg/plan/crash-course-in-consumer-electronics-certifications-fcc-regulations-emc-testing-and-more

    Check out Tom Nardi’s writeup on on HACKADAY here.

    Credit: HACKADAY.com

    Thanks to E.B. for the tip.

    Pete

    Editor In Chief- TFB
    LE – Silencers – Science
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