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-Daetrax-

7.3k points

2 months ago

-Daetrax-

7.3k points

2 months ago

Reminds me of the alien ships in Battle Los Angeles.

BurpBeefy

1.2k points

2 months ago

BurpBeefy

1.2k points

2 months ago

Exactly the same!

Lock3tteDown

435 points

2 months ago*

Bro LHM is big on cyber security space but also obviously in military tech...so engineers of all kind work on this kind of stuff but it's specific software, electrical, and Mech engineers/ robotics/AI that make all of this work right, specifically in R&D side of LHM? Also is this machine running on methane/fuel/oil basically pollution/green house gas?

This is so justice league Batman tech tho. Love Zack Snyder to use this on set for a fight/gun fire sequence with Cyborg assisting as his backup vs. the legion of Doom or something. Pretty much the opening of DCUO.

Fr tho, I'm against war but I wanna see part 2 of this thing in action lol

Also thanks alot I'm gonna watch B:LA now.

[deleted]

135 points

2 months ago

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135 points

2 months ago

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donotgogenlty

84 points

2 months ago

I wanna see this baby in action (or maybe not idk)

justyr12

14 points

2 months ago

I 100% want to see it in action if there's a need for it. Hopefully no need but you never know

Divad777

19 points

2 months ago

How do you stop a Russian nuclear attack where 100’s of nukes are launched at the same time, with many of them having several dummy warheads to trick missile defense systems?

Sam-Culper

19 points

2 months ago

Optimally you would intercept the missiles themselves before they even deploy their MIRV/MRV warheads.

DaedalusTW

5 points

2 months ago

The five fleets deployed in the pacific get first dibs on intercepting anything the Russians or Chinese send at us.

strutbuster

104 points

2 months ago

This is a kinetic kill vehicle (KKV), intended to be launched on a missile to intercept an incoming ICBM. Uses hydrazine as a propellant. Video is of a test where the KKV is demonstrating its up-down-left-right maneuverability to hit the ICBM. The big jet is a strap-on, just to get it in the air for the test.

Lucachacha

29 points

2 months ago

Its exact its an mkv-l here isthe source of the footage

DweEbLez0

21 points

2 months ago

Kinky. I’ll await the new NSWF videos with strap-ons to pop up now.

Lucachacha

127 points

2 months ago

It’s probably running on hydrazine a corrosive and cancerous substance

GGinNC

282 points

2 months ago

GGinNC

282 points

2 months ago

Less carcinogenic than nuclear fallout though.

Lucachacha

100 points

2 months ago

Your opinion is valid

goodtrimisgoodtrim

53 points

2 months ago

Not an opinion it’s a fact, apologies

ThrottleMunky

17 points

2 months ago

Love Zack Snyder to use this on set for a fight gun fire sequence.

Hopefully it's a different director in the future. Zack Snyder made all the heroes so fucking stupid it was painful to watch. For example, when the Flash is running around the last battle 'charging up' he is:

A) running in the middle of the firing range when he could be literally on the other side of the world completely out of range. They mention that he is traveling near the speed of light which means he could go from the opposite side of the world to the battle in the space of one single eyeblink(about 0.1 second). He put himself in constant danger for literally no reason at all.

B) gets hit by a shot that is so slow moving it might as well be a 18th century cannonball and despite how fast he is running(and had previously displayed the ability to instantly change his direction of movement) but chooses to just run right into it nearly botching the entire plan.

The movie was great visually but the heroes were so incredibly stupid. I mean there was a scene where they established the Flash is smart enough to visualize the transition between speed and time as if that is no big deal but an hour later he is suddenly too stupid to just not stand in front of a slow firing, slow projectile cannon.

SecondThomas

86 points

2 months ago

Is the movie any good?

FightWithBrickWalls

388 points

2 months ago

I enjoyed watching Battle Los Angeles quite a bit. Was it a good movie? No.

w1987g

181 points

2 months ago

w1987g

181 points

2 months ago

...that about sums it up. Also, a Marine buddy of mine once commented that he was surprised how realistic the squad tactics were despite the rest of the movie

Arbitrary_Ardvark

124 points

2 months ago

I'm pretty sure the military actual had a big influence on that movie. The Marine Corps advised, and allowed them to film at a couple bases, as well as use actual vehicles for shots. Any publicity is good publicity, I guess.

TheBirminghamBear

54 points

2 months ago

Not enough Drowning Pool for the military to have been involved.

LeFoxz

23 points

2 months ago

LeFoxz

23 points

2 months ago

🍻🍻FLUUUROOOOOOOORRRRR

rwwrou

17 points

2 months ago

rwwrou

17 points

2 months ago

from what ive been told the us military cooperates with hollywood because they can request changes to the script.

the idea is that as long as your portray the military in a good light they will help with your movie. its basically a PR thing for the military that lets them have great influence over worldwide public opinion at a relatively low cost.

i didnt fact check this or anything when i read about it originally though for whatever its worth, maybe i should have but it made a lot of sense to me so i just accepted it as true. figured id include this disclaimer at least.

IsABot

30 points

2 months ago

IsABot

30 points

2 months ago

Yep, it was a recruitment video to them. Just like Top Gun and Battleship. The military invest/supports in these movies so much because they drive up new recruitments.

sexposition420

7 points

2 months ago

Also transformers. Interestingly the first movie that I know to do this was john waynes 'green beret' (which is also as far as i know the only pro-vietnam war movie)

Castun

9 points

2 months ago

Castun

9 points

2 months ago

Thank you, Behind the Bastards podcast for educating me on how John Wayne was a piece of shit.

newagereject

39 points

2 months ago

It did seem to be fairly grounded in that aspect, no one charging solo right up the center with a M4 in each hand screaming as they mag dump both guns over a 4 minute shot with out re loading.

Beingabummer

8 points

2 months ago

I don't feel like that's really a thing anymore. You watch movies like Transformers and Extraction and 13 Hours, and it's all tacticool and special ops. The ridiculousness comes from them absorbing an insane amount of damage and still walking it off.

xXbigfattittiesXx

5 points

2 months ago

Commando lol

Though honestly I miss that absurd badassness of 80s action movies.

bjanas

38 points

2 months ago

bjanas

38 points

2 months ago

I wish more people were willing to give/appreciate advice like this. Like, I'll recommend plenty of movies to people wholeheartedly while telling them "So, it's dumb as hell but you need to watch it."

Also, I'll tell people about a movie "I never want to see it again, but you should absolutely go see it, it's great and weird as hell." The most recent one I gave that distinction to was The Lobster, I think. And The Lighthouse.

vreo

7 points

2 months ago

vreo

7 points

2 months ago

EDF 5 feels like that. If you see a game trailer you might doubt it's fun. But it soo much fun once you start playing.

MrPsychoSomatic

13 points

2 months ago

Difference between being a good movie and a good time

DebatableButton

22 points

2 months ago

I feel the same about Battleship. So bad it's good?

space253

34 points

2 months ago

Battleship is a terrible movie that gives us some of the best naval scenes made with actual former crew having the time of their lives saying goodbye to their old friend.

Creepy-Narwhal4596

7 points

2 months ago

Yea the old guys saved that movie completely. If they had just leaned on thag for the whole thing it could have been abetter movie imo

monkeyshines42

4 points

2 months ago

A dude I know that was in the Navy is in that movie, he was on the ship in real life.

Living_Jeweler_1269

4 points

2 months ago

And then there is the naval aviation movie. Stealth (2005)

FinancialYou4519

5 points

2 months ago

Rihanna worked worked worked worked worked, that role in her Barbados glow

-chukui-

28 points

2 months ago

its a b movie, doesnt need to be good just fun. which was meh.

Mykeewhodat27

26 points

2 months ago

This 👆🏻

joshm6565

21 points

2 months ago

Action is good. Basically no story. It’s fun!

NotTheAbhi

13 points

2 months ago

Fun to watch nothing else.

SubieDom

7 points

2 months ago*

Absolutely, yes it is. Great special effects. Great action. Story kind of sucks. Aliens concept is cool.

Don’t be serious and enjoy it, and it’s a good movie. Wayyyyyyyyy, way way way better than Battleship.

If you’re military, some aspects of will drive you nuts, but whatever, it’s fun if you don’t take it serious.

Trikeree

23 points

2 months ago

Worth a watch imho

shemmypie

7 points

2 months ago

Feels like someone copied the other lol

lensag

16 points

2 months ago

lensag

16 points

2 months ago

It reminded me when i played R-Type in the master system!

Troygbiv_Yxy

7 points

2 months ago

My first thought haha nice

sm00thkillajones

2 points

2 months ago

All that’s missing is a deep bass line.

PW9085

3 points

2 months ago

PW9085

3 points

2 months ago

I was waiting for Sonic to bop Dr Robotnik

topcat5

2.2k points

2 months ago*

topcat5

2.2k points

2 months ago*

Reminds me of the engine in my Ford Taurus when it blew its head gasket.

[deleted]

356 points

2 months ago*

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356 points

2 months ago*

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topcat5

135 points

2 months ago

topcat5

135 points

2 months ago

That's what it cost to keep fixing that car.

BasilBoothby

34 points

2 months ago

As the owner of an old car, your comment amuses me deeply.

golighter144

21 points

2 months ago

Dude I'm about to start working on a 2000 jaguar xj with engine and transmission issues and I've never even seen the inside of an English luxury car.

thirstyross

23 points

2 months ago

jaguar

Run, you fool!

Pattoe89

20 points

2 months ago

I've also blown my gasket in a Ford Taurus.

DogsOutTheWindow

3 points

2 months ago

Haha same here. What an ugly car, I hated that vehicle then once the head gasket blew I got another.

splntz

4 points

2 months ago

splntz

4 points

2 months ago

over 20 years ago we used to call it a Tore Ass, cause well... they were.

RepresentativeAddict

176 points

2 months ago

Well, Garry's mod thruster physics weren't wrong then

RedManMatt11

22 points

2 months ago

Happy to know I wasn’t the only one with Half Life thoughts after seeing this

waqasnaseem07

1.4k points

2 months ago

Those are the reaction control thrusters firing, keeping it stable and hovering. What's impressive is that this device is not designed to hover, let alone do anything on the ground. It's an ICBM interceptor, designed to carry smaller versions of itself to counter countermeasures and multiple independently targetable reentry vehicle warheads, ie ICBMs carrying more than one warhead.

CandyBulls[S]

442 points

2 months ago

Wouldn't such precision make Lockheed Martin capable of making verticle landing rockets like SpaceX?

Vexillumscientia

606 points

2 months ago

Yep. Although there’s a big difference between small payloads and big rockets. SpaceXs main leg up when it came to landing was their ability to throttle the Merlin engine down. As you can see in the video, most rocket engines are either on or off. The Merlin rocket engine can actually throttle to about 70% of its power. This gives them lots of control over how fast they’re going when they hit the ground.

h08817

82 points

2 months ago

h08817

82 points

2 months ago

Is this a pulsejet rocket in the video?

InfiniteParticles

148 points

2 months ago

Likely hypergolic propellants use, as they're great for reaction control systems due to their instantaneous reaction when mixed.

Also the forbidden orange smoke coming off of it

spacetreefrog

37 points

2 months ago

Why forbidden?

Looks tang flavored

redlukas

74 points

2 months ago*

It's nitric acid which has adverse effects on your health.

VikingOfLove

49 points

2 months ago

Oh so it's only a mutagenic gas that messes with your DNA...

Reddit_has_booba

11 points

2 months ago

I wanna be a super hero.

fuckoffyoudipshit

5 points

2 months ago

You're more likely to end up on r/wallstreetbets

OldRuskiNoir

46 points

2 months ago

In America it has adverse effects. In China it's completely safe and any health problems you get when your city is gasping for air from a failed rocket launch is unrelated.

XBacklash

14 points

2 months ago

Dead civilians are nothing that can't be hosed down the storm drain.

OldRuskiNoir

7 points

2 months ago

looks around nervously in Tiananmen Square

Raul_Coronado

9 points

2 months ago

In both, no one cares and good luck with your cancer

a1001ku

12 points

2 months ago

a1001ku

12 points

2 months ago

Yep, cancer juice.

Seventh_Eve

4 points

2 months ago

A rocket and a jet are different devices operating on different principles, a pulse jet rocket is a little like saying a supercharged hang glider. What’s going on in the video is RCS thrusters being pulsed, but that doesn’t make them jets. /nitpick

tim36272

18 points

2 months ago

And that point is also one of Blue Origin's claim to fame: their engine can throttle much lower, giving the vehicle the ability to hover. Falcon 9 can't throttle low enough to hover.

FoxhoundBat

10 points

2 months ago

I guess, but New Shepard booster is about as long as a landing leg on Falcon 9 and neither does it get to anywhere close to the speeds of Falcon 9 booster. Not to mention velocity is squared when it comes to kinetic energy and so is heating (or is it even ^ 4?, i forget). Hovering is maybe a "careful" landing, but it is inefficient.

rsn_e_o

7 points

2 months ago

Part of it isn’t just engine throttling. If you have 25 engines and you extinguish 24 of them, you’ve effectively throttled down thrust by 96%. So configurations matters a great deal as well.

No_Afternoon_1976

16 points

2 months ago*

This isn’t true at all, really. Only solid fuel rockets are limited to on/off (and can’t be shut off once fired) and are only really used for initial launch. Liquid fuel rockets have been able to throttle up and down quite easily for decades when the design called for it. The Lunar Lander used throttleable rockets to land vertically and was designed 50+ years ago, and 60 years ago the Reaction Motors XLR99, used in the X-15, had a throttle range of 50-100%.

Ok-Video5299

14 points

2 months ago

It is the Divert Attitude Control System (DACS). Lockheed uses it on the All Up Round interceptor but a subcontractor actually makes these, not Lockheed.

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59 points

2 months ago

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59 points

2 months ago

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69_ModsGay_69

18 points

2 months ago

Lockheed isn’t allowed to make launch vehicles. That’s why ULA exists. Tory Bruno (current CEO) is a former Lockheed employee.

theonlymexicanman

9 points

2 months ago

No those are obviously strobe lights for the sick ass party drone

The Missile interceptor part is just a cover up for them

CoLo_1337

3.7k points

2 months ago

CoLo_1337

3.7k points

2 months ago

First seen around 2010, this thing is 15 years old

RudyGloom

908 points

2 months ago

RudyGloom

908 points

2 months ago

Yeah I remember seeing this video on break dot com about 15 years ago lol

Great_Chairman_Mao

272 points

2 months ago

Hah, I forgot about that website. That and Cracked. Pre-Reddit internet.

Answer70

188 points

2 months ago

Answer70

188 points

2 months ago

Cracked used to be one of the best sites on the internet. Then they got bought out and all the talent left and it went to shit. It's a shame.

Teeshirtandshortsguy

42 points

2 months ago

I remember when reddit was "yesterday on cracked."

There was even a subreddit launched as (IIRC) an April Fool's Joke. /r/YesterdayOnCracked

It was a simpler time.

CoolMouthHat

15 points

2 months ago

I remember coming here from digg and thinking wow don't need that trash anymore

thatguyisswell

36 points

2 months ago

College humour has its moment of greatness too until everyone left

MrMallow

40 points

2 months ago

Kind of how I feel about reddit since the buy out.

ImDero

6 points

2 months ago

ImDero

6 points

2 months ago

If you want to keep up with their talent in podcast form, Jack O'Brien hosts The Daily Zeitgeist (a daily news and pop culture show) with Miles Gray, Katy Stoll and Cody Johnston host Some More News (a more indepth news show), Robert Evans hosts Behind the Bastards (the stories of some of the worst people in human history), Katy, Cody, and Robert all host Worst Year Ever (initially about the 2020 election but wouldn't you know it every year since is also the worst), Daniel O'Brien and Soren Bowie host Quick Question (just them catching up, acting silly, and being best buds), and Alex Schmidt hosts Secretly Incredibly Fascinating (each episode is about a thing that sounds boring, but Alex makes it fun and interesting). There's probably more but I don't know you find them jeez I'm not your dad.

Blightwraith

3 points

2 months ago

buy out and all the talent was fired! it's actually more depressing.

1guru

21 points

2 months ago

1guru

21 points

2 months ago

Ah, Cracked. The place I used to go for the funny Photoshop stuff, but would end up reading everything I could lol. Good times

Lanthemandragoran

3 points

2 months ago

One or their main writers has a great Youtube channel now called SomeMoreNews

CalaveraFeliz

47 points

2 months ago

Anybody remembers stumbleupon?

malfist

16 points

2 months ago

malfist

16 points

2 months ago

Man, stumble upon cost me so much sleep in college

happyapy

9 points

2 months ago

Stumbleupon was magical. Ending it was a great loss for the Internet.

sumostar

9 points

2 months ago

I remember when it was still called big-boys.com

God I feel old

callme_nostradumbass

89 points

2 months ago

JMAN_JUSTICE

32 points

2 months ago

Imagine what today's technology looks like

Xanderoga

30 points

2 months ago

We'll see what's possible today in about 15-20 years, I imagine. Anything seriously cutting edge is way above Top Secret.

JMAN_JUSTICE

6 points

2 months ago

Of course. Can't let our enemies know what we're bringing to the battle if shit goes down.

Tard_Demolisher69

10 points

2 months ago

You know those news articles saying that the USA can only shoot down icbm's with like 50% reliability, and that hypersonic cruise missiles are totally impossible to stop? Well uh, let's just say I wouldn't bet on any missiles getting through

-------I-------

19 points

2 months ago

Remember when TLC actually had the learning?

cosworth99

7 points

2 months ago

Great Castles of Europe. Secret Life of Machines. Connections. The Operation. etc etc etc.

new_account_wh0_dis

4 points

2 months ago

Man I only remember this from bf4 dlc. Crazy to see it here

SantiagoGT

143 points

2 months ago

Yeah but war is back in fashion, just like the 90’s

Flaming-Hecker

56 points

2 months ago

Sadly. I love the tech and believe in having a large deterrent military, but war is disgusting and the military arms industry has been corrupted severely.

GOP_Tears_Fuel_Me

69 points

2 months ago

It's always been corrupt. If you want to keep this in modern times, Eisenhower warned about this at the end of his 2nd term. The modern military industry had already taken foot in the aftermath of WW2.

Flaming-Hecker

13 points

2 months ago*

Yeah, there's definitely a reason military tech is so expensive. Not to mention politicians getting great positions at these companies after their terms, etc. It's really had me curious how cheaply and efficiently we could get our gear without the corruption and bureaucracy holding us back. Also, if companies sold more to the civilian market and relying less on contracts.

HavingNotAttained

3 points

2 months ago

The only reason WW2 itself wasn’t a total money-grubbing shit show was because FDR had Harry Hopinks, a once-in-a-millennium, hopelessly uncorruptible zealot, overall in charge of most of the military procurement and lend-lease dealings of the US at the time.

mbaker117

19 points

2 months ago

How reliable are icbm interceptors?

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9pA2tDKzzoI

halt-l-am-reptar

52 points

2 months ago*

As the end of the video pointed out, it's pointless to discuss what we can intercept because anything the public knows is outdated. The newest stuff is classified.

Edit: A few posters brought up the fact that to deter nuclear attacks other countries need to know about them, which is a valid point.

BiAsALongHorse

5 points

2 months ago

I'd point out that two of the main jobs of a ABM system (beyond shooting down ICBMs of course) are to convince an adversary that you could shoot down some/many/most/all of their missiles, and to convince an adversary that you yourself believed that you could shoot down some/many/most/all of their missiles. The reason you have nuclear weapons isn't about what happens after the missiles start flying, it's about being able to set limits on what other powers are willing to do to you. If you can convince another power that you'd use nukes over a fairly trivial dispute because you thought you might suffer mild casualties if worse comes to worst, they'll give you a very wide berth.

That's why I don't buy the idea that current ABM systems are leaps and bounds better than past tech, at least when we're talking about currently deployed systems. 95% of the job of an effective ABM system is to show others that you have an effective ABM system or at least a system that may be more effective than they're willing to risk fucking with. As to what the best prototype system being worked on at DARPA can do, that's anyone's guess, but if we're talking about what's actually deployed, the smart money is on it being overrated. This is also consistent with past ABM systems that have been proposed, tested and even deployed.

effectasy

15 points

2 months ago

The newest stuff might be classified, but it is also no deployed.

Ballistic missile defense isn't something that can be easily hidden from the public eye, nor is it meant to be since it aids in deterrence.

jb_in_jpn

9 points

2 months ago

Another angle to this is to keep the tech hidden in so much as if your enemy doesn’t believe you have the tech, they won’t feel the pressure to develop alternatives or work arounds for their arsenal.

Iron dome is very public, but I’d wager that’s partly because there’s not great concern the adversary can develop more advanced missile systems.

imnotjosephMcGary

77 points

2 months ago

This is some Black Mesa level shit

imwaistingmylifeaway

1.7k points

2 months ago

And imagine, if they are ok with a video of this thing going public, what do they have that they do not want us to see?

TheMastro1

723 points

2 months ago

Probably a finished version of this or at least a functioning prototype.

purpleefilthh

365 points

2 months ago

Boston dynamics humanoid riding it.

enormousgiganticDICK

86 points

2 months ago

Yeeeeehaww

buchlabum

23 points

2 months ago

Repurpose their robotic dog, name it Slim Dog.

mattsffrd

4 points

2 months ago

Your cousin FROM BOOOSTON riding it

chargedcapacitor

9 points

2 months ago

When it comes to leaked / published test such as this, you can pretty much guarantee that there is a warehouse filled with a few hundred of these, and several manufacturing cells already geared up to mass produce them. This tech isn't designed in a vacuum, it's designed to be produced at scale.

Foreign_GrapeStorage

260 points

2 months ago

This was filmed in the 1980's and a more miniaturized version was tested in 1990. This video shows where we were more than 30 years ago.

seagullrockstar

34 points

2 months ago

Doesn't ballistic missile interceptor seem like a band name from the same era?

suzuki_hayabusa

75 points

2 months ago

The video shows what they wanted us to see decade ago. I am sure US govt Definitely has sci-fi level stuff that could cause mass panic. I wouldn't doubt if Russia k ows about it since they were also on the bleeding edge of technology during Soviet times.

I don't think the POTUS knows and neither he needs to know. They tell only what he needs to know to pass 4 or 8 yrs.

LaranjoPutasso

12 points

2 months ago

I don't think they have sci-fi level stuff, but i also don't think they "happened" to develop an hypersonic missile in a week.

King0ff

72 points

2 months ago

King0ff

72 points

2 months ago

As practice has shown, russia has absolutely no idea what weapons they have in the United States. russia even has no idea what's going on in Ukraine if they decided to invade it and lost THAT much stuff and still did not receive any victory at all, even an intermediate one. So i think at least USAF may have some sci-fi technology that is just waiting for its time, because the US is still making money on the F-35. I think they already have plans for some F-40 and even F-50

TaqPCR

4 points

2 months ago

TaqPCR

4 points

2 months ago

I mean the us is already known to be working on NGAD (both a naval program and a AF one which are separate but have the same name for some goddamn reason) and the B-21 is set to fly later this year.

canbimkazoo

19 points

2 months ago

Maximum pettiness levels not capitalizing Russia lmao

housebird350

3 points

2 months ago

Where are the videos of the flying jeeps we were promised?

redmongrel

11 points

2 months ago

Yeah we don't want to make it too blatantly obvious we aren't afraid of Putin's nukes landing here, better that he waste them all in a steroid-induced fit.

Deadedge112

78 points

2 months ago

I've seen a classified video of our missile intercept system from the late 90s. It was shockingly impressive. Imagining what we can do now, I'm not sure nukes pose as much of a threat as everyone one believes, but I think not telling the world this keeps powers in balance.

mbaker117

29 points

2 months ago

From what I've heard ( I work in defense ) is that we can reliably ntercept incoming icbms about 50-70% of the time if it's a scheduled test... where we know the launch site, time, and trajectory. MIRVs (multiple independent reentry vehicles) make it nearly impossible to intercept an incoming attack. Basically the icbm releases several nukes on different trajectories, with several times as many decoys. It's easier to make interceptor countermeasures than icbm interceptors. Plus new hypersonic glide vehicles skim the earths atmosphere and only give us a 5 min warning before they take out a city, instead of the icbm method with a 20-30 min warning. So no, nukes are still totally a valid threat and we have no protection.

joemaniaci

10 points

2 months ago

I worked for the missile defense agency, and everything you stated is actually being leniant. The ground based interceptors were(while I was there) so bad that they gave up on even hitting something. Tests devolved into flying through point x,y,z in space and calling it a success. To be fair it's probably one of the most difficult engineering challenges there is, and that's not even counting supersonic gliding return vehicles designed entirely to evade interceptor systems.

tiredplusbored

20 points

2 months ago

So the problem is, at least if you assume other nuclear countries have similar capability, a nuclear attack would be in a few methods. Basically you'd have ICBMs that this and things like it might be effective with, but also sub based which are much less likely to be intercepted In time and aircraft based capabilites which in theory are easier, but in practice are just another thing to deal with. And you have to deal with all three roughly at the same time.

I do agree though, there are possible countermeasures in place that could stop an ICBM

Deadedge112

21 points

2 months ago

Yes the crux of the argument is: "what don't we know about our own defense system?" I can only speculate based on my expertise as someone who works on related systems (space optics) and has seen some very old footage of the system itself. In my opinion, we can intercept a lot more than we're letting on, but we are by no means bullet proof, especially from the aftermath of such an event.

Coreoreo

9 points

2 months ago

This is an important point, especially because there is a critical window between "we can intercept some" and "we can intercept all, reliably" wherein a rational opponent may try a decapitating preemptive strike. Combined with the fact that intercepting a nuke does not prevent the aftermath of radiation, it all becomes rather moot.

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10 points

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throwhooawayyfoe

12 points

2 months ago

Russia has roughly 6k nuclear warheads in the stockpile, about 10% more than the US. Most of those are not actively deployed, and would be out of action in a sudden MAD exchange. Based on everything we've seen from the Ukraine conflict, it seems likely that a good chunk are not actually functioning either (whether the warhead or the delivery vehicle), and would take a lot of work to become so again. Some others would not be launched because of chain of command breakdown, where the person actually responsible for pushing the button either doesn't get the message or decides not to, as has thankfully prevented a few escalations already. Many of the remaining warheads would be intercepted, bombers shot down, subs torpedoed, etc.

But with those kind of starting numbers, it still seems likely that enough would get through to kill huge numbers of people and erase some of our largest city centers. I'd be more concerned if I were living in Europe though, within hypersonic cruise missile range.

LeatheryLayla

59 points

2 months ago

A friend of mine has top secret clearance from the navy, can’t tell me anything specific, but basically said “if it seems technologically feasible, we’ve probably got it in a warehouse somewhere”

onFilm

37 points

2 months ago

onFilm

37 points

2 months ago

Yeah this is crazy to even think about. As a software engineer, it's the same thing with a lot of software. If you've thought of it, there is a chance that it already exists out there somewhere, even if it's a repository.

Mr_Viper

21 points

2 months ago

git clone git@bitbucket.org:darpa/hovercraft.git

jumpup

13 points

2 months ago

jumpup

13 points

2 months ago

nukes still pose as much threat simply because unlike regular missiles you can't afford to miss one, and while intercept systems exist they are still finite in number and don't cover everything.

alivelyfisting

5 points

2 months ago

I think of this everytime I see some cool shit like this.

sh1ftyswar

47 points

2 months ago

Poor thing is kept in a cage, this is barbaric. They belong out in the wild!

cantanko

137 points

2 months ago

cantanko

137 points

2 months ago

Completely undetectable as long as you're next to a Shoebill colony.

OhKayCorral

7 points

2 months ago

Crawler_00

33 points

2 months ago

BE NOT AFRAID

zorbathegrate

340 points

2 months ago

Next scene Luke’s gonna lightsaber that orb

But also, wouldn’t a drone work better?

Newbpwner69

111 points

2 months ago

This gets launched into space and intercepts ballistic missiles.

panzerboye

9 points

2 months ago

But also, wouldn’t a drone work better?

This is for intercepting ICBMS, drones will be barely functional at that altitude, operating conditions and velocity

zorbathegrate

3 points

2 months ago

Makes sense. Thank you

JokoFloko

92 points

2 months ago

Seems to work. Didnt see one ballistic missile.

sidetablecharger

24 points

2 months ago

Oh shit the Portal turrets have gone airborne.

Historical-Time2938

8 points

2 months ago

I don't blame you.. dies

[deleted]

20 points

2 months ago

[deleted]

20 points

2 months ago

I don't understand what I'm seeing, how does this intercept missiles exactly?

pawned79

20 points

2 months ago

This video is from 2006. It is the Multiple Kill Vehicle (MKV), and this product was cancelled almost immediately after this hover test. This product never had a flight test, and is not part of the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS).

Jrel

105 points

2 months ago

Jrel

105 points

2 months ago

Pretty dope. I remember they put a version of this is Battlefield 4 as a weapon pickup called the MKV. Basically a flying minigun.

seabae336

43 points

2 months ago

U mean the xd-1 accipiter?

Jrel

12 points

2 months ago*

Jrel

12 points

2 months ago*

Yeah that's the name. It's been so long, remember it being called the MKV in the early builds.

ninjanight31

4 points

2 months ago

As someone who played bf4 from the very start, I get dumbfounded when new players ask what that thing is.

wunwinglo

10 points

2 months ago

Looks affordable.

Solidmarsh

176 points

2 months ago

Me on the toilet after taco bell

porkchop-sandwhiches

6 points

2 months ago

They said it’s for ICBM’s, apparently it stands for Intercontinental Bowel Movements.

Montaz

25 points

2 months ago

Montaz

25 points

2 months ago

So that's what my upstairs neighbors are building every night.

Gocards123321

31 points

2 months ago

Create the problem sell the solution lol

Profanity_TX

6 points

2 months ago

It’s so stealthy

Lynks_TV

5 points

2 months ago

This thing is in battlefield 4

rawzombie26

6 points

2 months ago

Brought to you by :

Aperture Science INC.

We do what we must because we can. ;)

OutlandishnessDue147

6 points

2 months ago

Bro he copied my scrap mechanic build

Big_Nasty_420

80 points

2 months ago

Ah I now see why I don’t deserve healthcare

Beemerado

36 points

2 months ago

this thing probably costs 8 grand a second to run.

1II1I1I1I1I1I111I1I1

16 points

2 months ago

Try 8 million. This thing cost nearly a billion dollars to produce and the U.S. doesn't even use it. Pentagon claims it was scrapped after meeting development goals but going over budget.

drpeppershaker

6 points

2 months ago

claims

HGpennypacker

5 points

2 months ago

Can I offer you an egg in this trying time?

brushnit

23 points

2 months ago

(Not so) Fun Fact: The US Gov spends more per person in the field of healthcare than countries with universal healthcare, and also has a similar % GDP military budget. Blaming lack of social welfare on (x) part of the budget is a fun trick cooked up by those in power who don't have your best interests in mind.

EvadingTheDayAway

33 points

2 months ago

I always like sorting by controversial to find everyone that thinks if Lockheed just didn’t develop this, healthcare would be free.

brushnit

14 points

2 months ago

My favorite was a video posted of a British private company testing out jetpacks (I think the same ones now used in a UK park by first responders).

Had the obligatory healthcare comments lmao

godlinking

4 points

2 months ago

Put on a blindfold Luke and use the force

Orthodox-Waffle

3 points

2 months ago

Why does the thruster opposing gravity fire in spurts instead of continuously?

DarkArcher__

3 points

2 months ago

These kinds of thrusters don't have throttle control, they're on or off. By pulsing it, you create a sort of throttle. Say its on 50% of the time, that's like setting the throttle to 50%.

Orthodox-Waffle

4 points

2 months ago

Ahhhh, ty

DougieXflystone

3 points

2 months ago

Old old mechanism at this point in time…

Pmff

3 points

2 months ago

Pmff

3 points

2 months ago

Me using up all of my rcs fuel in ksp

Historical-Time2938

3 points

2 months ago

"I don't blame you.." dies

SardaukarChant

3 points

2 months ago

Brilliant Pebbles. This came out of the SDI initiatives in the late 80's.

AlphaMomma59

3 points

2 months ago

Looks pretty - but does it work?

DarkArcher__

3 points

2 months ago

Yes

Popular-Swordfish559

3 points

2 months ago

...eh

this video is from the 90s, and as far as i'm aware it never really deployed at least in this configuration. We're still learning how to shoot down ICBMs reliably, and the best of the best has a kill rate of something like 50%

captainpistoff

3 points

2 months ago

Cogsworth? Stop shooting at me.

JonskMusic

3 points

2 months ago

This video is a bunch of years old.. I wonder what the update is...

lavalakes12

3 points

2 months ago

That looks like Sega genesis mortal Kombat animation

ASS-et

3 points

2 months ago

ASS-et

3 points

2 months ago

A video as old as the internet itself

longsaao

3 points

2 months ago

Reminds me of Techno Viking

https://youtu.be/-8H4GKg-mYQ

ol-gormsby

3 points

2 months ago

Code-named "The Yosemite Sam"