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Desc:Short CGI film that shows what rocket research was initially meant for.
Category:Military, Horror
Tags:icbm, missile, death penis, Minuteman III
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Kabbage - 2012-04-20
Huh. Never thought it lost so much of its mass on the way there. The size it is when it comes plummeting down from the sky, there's no way in hell you could shoot something like that down.
Dr. Lobotomy - 2012-04-20
That's nothing, this one only had a single warhead(minuteman III can actually carry three) and didn't have any "penetration aids"(actual terms used) like chaff, decoys, jammers etc. And in an all out nuclear attack, it's pretty likely that the first step would be a high altitude explosion of a large warhead to generate an EMP to soften up defenses.

And all this is 1970's technology.

simon666 - 2012-04-20
If I recall correctly, current ICBM's can carry between 8-12 warheads depending on the kiloton size.

This picture sums it up pretty well: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Peacekeeper-missile-testing.jpg

Jet Bin Fever - 2012-04-20
Yeah, the Death's Head was the coolest weapon in Scorched Earth.

sosage - 2012-04-20
Would shooting it down at that final stage even matter?

FABIO - 2012-07-15
I'd imagine that hitting it would keep it from going off? Not an expert, but it's not like you're taking a flamethrower to a barrel of TNT.

The trick has always been hitting something that small going that fast (without any real guidance system at that point to muck with), and the fact that it always has and always will be infinitely easier to develop "penetration aids" than anti-missile technology.

Kabbage - 2012-07-15
Yeah, that's the thing. Even if you knew vaguely where it was going to be coming from, what are the chances that you could actually find it in the sky as its plummeting to the ground and fucking hit it with something?

The Mothership - 2012-04-20
The Minuetman III was a solid platform, but in terms of throw weight (the number and size of warheads the missile can carry) it's pretty meager compared to the Russian R-36. Imagine a missile doing the same thing this one does, only instead of 1 warheard there were 9 in that nosecone.
chumbucket - 2012-04-20
Horror tech.
Corpus Delectable - 2012-04-20
My suspension of disbelief died at about the 1:30 mark, where the control thrusters had Mach diamonds in their exhaust plumes. Mach diamonds happen as a supersonic flow accommodates to the ambient pressure of the surrounding atmosphere.

In the absence of an atmosphere, the exhaust plumes expand freely, never recompressing to form the glowing shocks that we recognize as Mach diamonds.

In space, the flow can actually turn through something like 136 degrees as it leaves the nozzle, and you get these gigantic plumes. Watch any Apollo or SpaceX launch footage.
Kabbage - 2012-04-20
True. That IS the coolest part of the video, though.

decoy - 2012-04-20
they cut the money shot
Ursa_minor - 2012-04-20
I've got a box of old vernier thruster cones from one of these in my closet (I don't know from what stage), and I've seen a couple Peacekeeper and Minuteman launches in person, as well as some atlas and titan launches. It never grasped what they were designed for until later in life.
MrBuddy - 2012-04-21
How did you manage that? I've been on a abandoned Titan I base in Washington state but that's it.

Ursa_minor - 2012-04-21
My grandpa worked at Aerojet on rockets, my dad worked at Aerojet on rockets, and my stepdad worked at Aerojet on rockets. You wouldn't believe the things Aerojet used to throw away.

gmol - 2012-04-20
There needs to be a "Mechwarrior II Music" tag....I've seen it used enough time on CG videos on this site...one was a creationist video with a spaceship.

In fact...maybe I'll try starting Mechwarrior II Music week. Wish me luck.
TheQuakeSoldier - 2012-04-20
That music is burned into my soul. Instant 5 stars, I don't give a shit what the video is about.

memedumpster - 2012-04-20
Every nuke we make is a bullet with our name on it.
THA SUGAH RAIN - 2012-04-20
Every yellowcake you take
Every nuke you make
Every atom you break
I'll be watching you

Unless you're in the former soviet union. They guard potatoes better than nukes there.

Ursa_minor - 2012-04-20

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