Saturday, October 11, 2014

A Phased Plasma Cannon In The 40 (Mega)Watt Range?

     Not exactly.  But some days it seems awfully close:
     C'mon, it's got to be exotic weaponry, right?  --If you priced the lens we removed just before this picture was taken, you'd be sure of it!

     (Doesn't look a bit like this thing, though.)

7 comments:

Merle Morrison said...

OK, I'll bite - what is it really? It looks like something in a 1911 magazine well....

Merle

Dave In Indiana said...

I dunno about the plasma cannon, but it sure looks like something the military has that you want to make damned sure is turned off and LOTO'd before you stick your head in front of

Roberta X said...

It's a stabilized video camera and mount, carried on a helicopter. The lens has been removed -- that red lever is the lens lock and it's holding a cover over the camera pickup.

The tiny motor that controls the lens iris failed and we were checking it. Locked up solid and a replacement is only $750! The $1K-an-hour tech says we can replace it ourselves. I hope we are successful -- the price of this thing pushes ten-to-the-sixth dollars.

Anonymous said...

Looks sort of like the MX-20 camera we use on the aerostats we had in Iraq and still have in the 'Stan. I used to fix them in Iraq.

Roberta X said...

General Dynamics make 'em? If so, it should look very similar -- your hardware is probably more rugged.

Anonymous said...

The MX-20 is made by wescam, a division of L3. http://www.wescam.com/index.php/products-services/airborne-surveillance-and-reconnaissance/mx-20/ if you want to take a look

Roberta X said...

Ah, so that's why Litton (latter L3) bought Troll Technologies...!