Vacuum cannon shoots projectiles faster than the speed of sound

Sept. 14, 2018

Who knew science could be so much fun?

Is there anything more satisfying than watching fruits and vegetables being obliterated in slow motion? Maybe it’s the wonder of seeing an everyday object in an exciting new light, or maybe it’s a primal desire to watch destruction in its purest form. Either way, I can’t help but click on a video that promised produce carnage. But what if you could learn scientific principles while watching these mesmerizing videos? YouTuber NightHawkInLight accomplishes this with his most recent video. In it, he demonstrates how to construct a piston-operated vacuum cannon that can shoot projectiles faster than the speed of sound. Who knew science could be so much fun?

About the Author

Alexis Gajewski | Senior Content Strategist

Alexis Gajewski has over 15 years of experience in the maintenance, reliability, operations, and manufacturing space. She joined Plant Services in 2008 and works to bring readers the news, insight, and information they need to make the right decisions for their plants. Alexis also authors “The Lighter Side of Manufacturing,” a blog that highlights the fun and innovative advances in the industrial sector. 

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