Thursday, December 03, 2009
Apparently, there are 11 ships and 264 sailors currently held captive by Somali pirates who overtake the ships with speedboats, AK-47s, and RPGs. Fortunately, Wile E. Coyote has a plan:
"A ship-borne launching device that fires a rope-based barrier into the path of pirate vessels is being marketed at commercial ships at risk from such attacks. The Buccaneer, from BCB International, uses compressed air to fire a plastic cylinder containing either a coiled rope or net up to a range of 400m. The coiled line of net or rope, which has a parachute attached to the end, will unravel and lay out across the surface of the water. As a pirate boat travels through the water its propeller shaft will pick up the line and become entangled." The Engineer
I have a better idea.