What is PROJECT HARP ? (not to be confused with the HAARP Project).
Project HARP, short for High Altitude Research Project, was a joint project of the United States Department of Defense and Canada’s Department of National Defense created with the goal of studying ballistics of re-entry vehicles at low cost; whereas most such projects used expensive and failure-prone rockets, HARP used a non-rocket space launch method based on a very large gun to fire the models to high altitudes and speeds.
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HARP Gun invented in 1961 (Project Harp)
“Started in 1961, HARP was created largely due to lobbying from Gerald Bull, a controversial but highly successful ballistics engineer who went on to head the project. Bull had developed the high-speed gun technique while working on anti-ballistic missile (ABM) an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) research at CARDE in the 1950s, shooting models of high-speed interceptor missiles from guns as opposed to building supersonic wind tunnels, which would be much more expensive. The ABM project eventually ended without delivering a working system, but Bull was convinced the rocket systems he had developed had potential and started looking for other ways to use the technology.
HARP was such a development. The U.S. was in the process of testing newer ICBM systems and required repeated tests of newer re-entry vehicles. Bull suggested that the program could be run for considerably less money if the test vehicles were lofted from a large gun, as opposed to using rockets. This would also allow the test program’s schedule to be greatly accelerated, as repeated firing was easy to arrange, compared to rockets. The key concept was the use of an oversized gun firing an undersized vehicle mounted in Asabot, allowing it to be fired with relatively high acceleration. Test electronics were potted in a mix of sand and epoxy, proving more than capable of withstanding the rigors of launch.”
Note* Asabot is a town in eastern Ethiopia. Named after a nearby mountain, this town is located in the Mirab Hararghe Zone of the Oromia Region, with a latitude and longitude of 9°15′N 40°34′ECoordinates: 9°15′N 40°34′E. It is served by a railway station on the Addis Ababa – Djibouti Railway.
“The project was based on a flight range of the Seawell Airport in Barbados, from which shells were fired eastward toward the Atlantic Ocean using an old U.S. Navy 16-inch (410 mm), 50 caliber gun (20 m); it was later extended to 100 caliber (40 m). In 1966 the project installed its third and final 16-inch gun at a new Yuma, Arizona test site. On November 18, 1966 the Yuma gun fired a 180 kg Martlet 2 projectile at 3,600 m/s (12,000 ft/s) sending it into space briefly and setting an altitude record of 180 km (590,000 ft; 110 mi); that world record still stands as of 2013.
The program was canceled shortly after this and its assets were transferred to Bull under the title of the Space Research Institute, Inc. The politics of the Vietnam War (then in its fifth year) and soured Canada/U.S. relations played their role in the project’s cancellation. The project received just over 10 million dollars during its lifetime.
After the project was canceled the gun remained on its emplacement, where it remains to this day, gradually rusting away. A couple of used barrels and what appeared to be an unused barrel were also left there.”
What was the goal of Project HARP?
Bull’s ultimate goal was to fire a payload into space from a gun, and many have suggested that the ballistics study was offered simply to gain funding. While the speed was not nearly enough to reach orbit (less than half of the 9,000 m/s delta-v required to reach Low Earth Orbit), it was a major achievement at much lower cost than most ballistic missile programs.
The Evolution of Project HARP (aka Project Babylon 1988-1990)
Project Babylon was a project with unknown objectives commissioned by the then Iraqi president Saddam Hussein to build a series of ‘superguns’. The design was based on research from the 1960s Project HARP led by the Canadian artillery expert Gerald Bull. There were most likely four different devices in the program.
The project began in 1988; it was halted in 1990 after Gerald Bull was assassinated, and parts of these superguns were seized in transit around Europe. The components that remained in Iraq were destroyed by the United Nations after the 1991 Gulf War.
GERALD VINCENT BULL
Gerald Vincent Bull (March 9, 1928 – March 22, 1990 was a Canadian engineer who developed long-range artillery. He moved from project to project in his quest to economically launch a satellite using a huge artillery piece, to which end he designed the Project Babylon “supergun” for the Iraqi government. Bull was assassinated outside his apartment in Brussels, Belgium in March 1990 .(Additional information on Gerald Bull)
Where are Harp Guns located and are they accessible to the public today?
“A little-known or advertised scenic spot on the island – the now disused HARP gun project from the 1960’s – an endeavour shrouded in secrecy where a US funded project tried to discern the feasibility of shooting satellites (allegedly) into space from earth.
See more on the website : http://www.photosofbarbados.net/geefin/2011-01-10/barbados-harp-gun
From one visitor:
“It’s a relatively tricky spot to find and involves a 20 minute walk through a pasture but is well worth the trip, especially given the fact not too many know about it or visit it. Best place is to park at the end of the road to the north-east and then walk down the cart track to the cliff and continue along the track until you come across the large guns.”
Contact photographer of the above photos
Evolution of the science would be CERN’s Large Hadron Collider on steroids, the Superconducting Super Collider was to be a huge underground ring complex beneath the area near Waxahachie, Texas, that would have been the world’s most energetic particle accelerator.
“Construction on the site began in the early 1990s, but only got so far as 14 miles of tunnel being bored before Congress shut the project down due to the exploding costs of the project. What began as a few-billion-dollar marvel was quickly projected to cost over $11 billion after construction began and, combined with a lack of public knowledge or support, quickly smothered the complex in its infancy.”
Like CERN’s Large Hadron Collider on steroids, the Superconducting Super Collider was to be a huge underground ring complex beneath the area near Waxahachie, Texas, that would have been the world’s most energetic particle accelerator. Construction on the site began in the early 1990s, but only got so far as 14 miles of tunnel being bored before Congress shut the project down due to the exploding costs of the project.
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