spinningmagnets wrote:I know this sounds cynical, but this could also be a sneaky way of getting funding for rail gun research.
We still don't have a moon base, so...why did we go to the moon? I believe it brought the entire US public and congress on board to fund a program that also resulted in a lot of advanced ballistic missile research raw data. To be clear, there was funding that was knowingly applied specifically for ballistic missiles. I just believe the moon race shifted a lot of corollary tech to a nice program, so the missile-specific funds could be much more effective and broadly applied.
What, now they want to fire rails at folks?
Well, there is an argument that air power is just a variant of artillery.
But yeah, in my dotage I am of the view that even the most benign seeming govts. merely provide a semblance of legitimacy to the corrupt elites, which in turn control the "regime".
War e.g is more about "public morale" than soldiers lives. Absurd campaigns which sound good. McArthur retaking the philippines e.g. instead of the sensible nimitz policy of island hopping & isolating. Sieges e.g are cost effective, but make drawn out, dull propaganda.
Even legit wealth has to be protected, and that means political influence. The british aristocracy had a scion inherit all (primogeniture), one son for the army and one for the church/politics/court. The family had a finger in each traditional pie, inside info and protection against social upheaval.
We digress. In theory and practice we know it works (BLDC/mag lev etc.).
To steam launch uses existing boilers. The huge power for electric launch requires new extra power infrastructure on the ship, and this seems harder than expected.
They alone seem keen. Others favour ramped flight decks, which the US seems not to?