[Ed. Note: We somehow missed this one when Mike posted it, so… presenting Tianjin Revisited – The ‘Rod of God’ analysis.]
by Mike Adams, Natural News:
After publishing an article last week which explained that dissidents in China believe Tianjin was hit by a “Rod of God” secret space weapon from the Pentagon, I’ve looked more closely at the physics and telemetry control required to place such a weapon on target.
Some observers have come to the conclusion that the complexity of such a weapon system is too high for it to be a reality. They’ve cited several reasons for their skepticism, including the difficulty of overcoming orbital velocity, atmospheric re-entry problems, flight telemetry and so on. Some have also questioned whether the kinetic energy of such an object would be large enough to make any sort of meaningful impact on a ground-based target.
However, after analyzing the capabilities already found in today’s precision-guided munitions — such as Raytheon’s Excalibur guided artillery projectile, I’ve come to the conclusion that today’s weapons technology is more than sufficient to build and deploy a functioning “Rod of God” orbital kinetic weapon platform.
The following photo shows the Raytheon precision-guided artillery projectile striking a target within about 2 meters after being fired from 33km away:
Furthermore, I’ve shown some estimated math, below, that indicates how a “Rod from God” space-based weapon could deliver 3-4 tons of TNT explosive equivalent to any land-based target on Earth. This is precisely in the range that was reported for the first explosion at Tianjin.
Guided munitions have a wide range when dropped from high orbit
The primary objection to the “Rod of God” weapons system says that such a system can essentially only drop weapons onto targets that are directly beneath the orbiting platform.
However, this objection doesn’t pan out. In reality, laser-guided bombs (LGBs) and other precision munitions have remarkable lateral maneuverability even though they possess no thrust or rockets themselves. By simply altering small control surfaces, they can “glide” laterally onto designated targets that are far from being “directly beneath” the launch platform.
For example, this Raytheon video show a precision-guided artillery shell striking numerous targeted within 1.6 meters, even after flying 33km or more through unknown winds after being fired from an artillery cannon.
Some observers have stated that guided munitions (“rods”) could not survive re-entry into the atmosphere. However, guided munitions already exist that are ridiculously hardened, including the “BLU-122-5000 pounds, with internal components able to survive 10,000 Gs of lateral acceleration and still function at the bunker level,” reports MilitaryAerospace.com.
Keep in mind, too, that precision-guided artillery shells obviously survive being shot out of an artillery cannon, subjecting them to extreme heat, acceleration and friction forces.
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