[2014] Kelly Muschiatti: Smart Bullet

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[2014] Kelly Muschiatti: Smart Bullet

Early 16th century bullets were round metal balls used as projectiles. These metal balls where usually made from lead and varied only in diameter. They usually fired from a muskret.

"The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, has developed and successfully tested a prototype for self-guiding bullets."

In the 19th century, bullets began to take the shape that we are used to today. The first widely used bullet design was created Claude Étienne Minié and was known as the “Minié ball”

The cannon was first invented in China, and the first hand cannon was used in 1260.

Cannonballs are solid projectiles that were made from stone, iron and lead without explosive charges

Renowned English gunsmith, William Greener, invented the Greener bullet in 1836.

The spitzer bullet, or the spire point bullet, was created in the late 19th and early 20th century. Its creation was mainly to improve the aerodynamics to provide higher accuracy at greater distances.

In 1826, Delvigne, a French infantry officer, invented a breech with abrupt shoulders on which a spherical bullet was rammed down until it caught the rifling grooves.

The Smart Bullet

"Researchers used a laser pointer and an optical sensor housed in the projectile to allow the projectile to determine its performance in-flight, in order to prepare necessary adjustments. Unlike a projectile, a laser offers an instant vector line-of-sightin a gun, even at distance of miles away, and even in some kinds of harsh conditions, such as a strong wind."


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