Welcome to the 15th International EML Symposium

The 15th International Symposium on Electromagnetic Launch Technology (EML) will be held May 17-20, 2010, at the Royal Military Academy in Brussels, Belgium. This event is co-hosted by the Department of Weapon Systems and Ballistics of the Royal Military Academy and the Institute for Advanced Technology, The University of Texas at Austin under the sponsorship of the European Electromagnetic Launch Society (EEMLS); IEEE's Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society; and the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command’s Army Research Laboratory (ARL).

Dr. Scott Fish from the IAT and Mr. Johan Gallant from the Royal Military Academy are the symposium co-chairs.

The EML Symposium is a biennial event that serves as the principal forum for the discussion, interchange, and presentation of research on critical technologies for accelerating macroscopic objects or projectiles to hypervelocities using electromagnetic or electrothermochemical launchers. The EML Symposia have a long-standing international reputation as a catalyst for stimulating research in the field of electromagnetic launch. During the Symposium, researchers share and exchange a wealth of knowledge through oral and poster presentations. The Symposium’s proceedings are the major archival source of papers published in this field.

Overview

We are at the threshold of a new era in the applications of electromagnetic launch technology. Significant developments in hypervelocity electromagnetic launch and in hypervelocity high-G guidance and control components have provided the impetus for exploring advanced electromagnetic launchers capable of providing revolutionary new capabilities.

The ability to use electromagnetic energy to controllably propel objects to extremely high speeds has broad and important consequences for many elements of our society, including transportation, communications, energy, national defense, and space. The technology for using electromagnetic energy pulses to accelerate materials to extremely high speeds is only now sufficiently advanced that it is being exploited to evaluate the survivability of space structures and the survivability and lethality of military weapons systems. Electromagnetic launchers are now capable of accelerating objects to such high speeds that projectiles are able to travel many hundreds of kilometers or penetrate the most advanced modern armors, and electromagnetic launchers have even reached sufficiently high speeds to put objects in orbit around the earth.

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Co-hosted by the Department of Weapon Systems and Ballistics of the Royal Military Academy and the Institute for Advanced Technology at The University of Texas at Austin under the co-sponsorship of the European Electromagnetic Launch Society (EEMLS), IEEE's Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society; and the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command’s Army Research Laboratory (ARL).

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