NZ man building cruise missile in garage, posting details on Net


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Drizzt
June 3, 2003, 05:40 PM
New Zealand man building cruise missile in garage, posting details on Net

Tue Jun 3, 1:59 AM ET

AUCKLAND (AFP) - A New Zealand home handyman is building a do-it-yourself cruise missile with legal, off-the-shelf equipment and claims he can do it for under 5,000 US dollars.

But the activities of Bruce Simpson were Tuesday attracting official interest, particularly as he has now test fired several jet engines.

On his website (www.interestingprojects.com/cruisemissile) Simpson says he was challenged by US military experts over his claim the missile could easily be built.

"So, in order to prove my case, I decided to put my money where my mouth is and build a cruise missile in my own garage, on a budget of just 5,000 US dollars," the 49-year-old Internet developer says.

"Obviously the goal of this website is not to provide terrorists or other nefarious types with the plans for a working cruise missile but to prove the point that nations need to be prepared for this type of sophisticated attack from within their own borders."

He said he managed to acquire most of the parts from the online auction house eBay, including a GPS system purchased for 120 US dollars that "was delivered by international airmail in less than a week and passed through customs without any problems."

The initial procurement is so far the only one of 15 stages of development completed in Simpson's missile diary.

Simpson told Radio New Zealand it was a crude missile but it was easy enough to make and he expected to have it flying by the end of the month.

"It's like a small aircraft powered by a jet engine," he said, which could easily reach a chosen destination up to 100 kilometres (62 miles) away, carrying a 10-kilogram (22-pound) payload.

Authorities were reluctant to comment Tuesday but it was clear they were taken an interest in the project.

The Defence Department would not comment but one official told the New Zealand Herald that Simpson's website could be violating the international Missile Technology Control Regime, under which New Zealand has agreed to restrict the availability of missile technology.

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=1516&ncid=1516&e=4&u=/afp/20030603/od_afp/nzealand_offbeat_missile_030603055958

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cslinger
June 3, 2003, 05:45 PM
I cannot have a magazine holding over 10 rounds but this yahoo can build a friggen cruise missile in his garage?

Hey more power to him. Have at it and this Bud is for you.

Talk about keeping the neighbors honest. :D

AJ Dual
June 3, 2003, 06:06 PM
Well, as long as there's no warhead, it's just a remote controlled hobby jet-plane.

It really says more about the bliss-ninny's than about the guy making the "missile". Sheeple are emotion driven and not logical. If the same guy took his "missile" to a remote controlled plane contest, they'd all be fawning over the cool geek with too much time on his hands and make a Discovery Channel "Junkyard Wars" show about him. Take the same thing and call it a cruise missile for some press attention and everyone freaks out. :rolleyes:

If the guy starts shopping around for 1000 kilo's of RDX, then I'll pay attention. But presumably what passes for the kiwi .gov will be all over him by that point. :D

J Miller
June 3, 2003, 06:14 PM
I think he should fill it with 10 kilos of manure and launch it at something that would get him the attention attention this project deserves.

If he can build it for under $5,000.00 USD then anybody could. I think the mistle technology ban is as much of a farce as gun control is.

CZ-75
June 3, 2003, 06:23 PM
Hey, this is from a country that was decommissioning its air force to little more than the Civil Air Patrol.

NZ should be proud that they have somebody around to boost their military capabilities. :neener:

rock jock
June 3, 2003, 06:35 PM
All the more reason for each of us to own a 50 BMG for missile defense.:D

cool45auto
June 3, 2003, 06:42 PM
I agree with cslinger!:D

Bowlcut
June 3, 2003, 07:44 PM
Dang it why do people always have to show me up. I was just trying to build a nuke warhead in my bathroom...this waa hoo is building a delievery system...crap

rick_reno
June 3, 2003, 08:39 PM
I looked over his list of purchases - almost complete. The one item he needs to procure is the 5 gallon tub of KY Jelly - it'll make his life behind bars so much better.

CWL
June 3, 2003, 08:48 PM
The big test will be whether he can get the GPS and inertial guidance system to work accurately. He has only one chance.

Autolite
June 3, 2003, 08:52 PM
He's got the media all hyped and the government in a tizzy. Without a warhead, it's just a big expensive model airplane ...

mini14jac
June 4, 2003, 09:56 AM
Dang it why do people always have to show me up. I was just trying to build a nuke warhead in my bathroom

There was a good article in Reader's Digest a few years ago about a kid that was building his own nuke.
He was just a science nerd.
He sent a letter to a smoke detector company saying he was a science teacher, and got 1000 defective smoke alarms for $1 each. He used the material (radium maybe?) from the detectors as one part of his "reactor" I think.
He also had been buying antique clocks to scrape glow-in-the-dark paint off of them, because it was radioactive.
He got lucky, and found one old clock that had a whole bottle of the paint in back of it.

Anyway, he built a lead camera/shutter assembly so he could use one radioactive material to "expose" the other one.
When his Army surplus Geiger counter started picking up the radiation from 3 blocks away, he got scared and packed all of his stuff away.

If I recall, the town had some old Civil Defense radiation detectors that started going off.
One day the parents came home to find guys in space suits taking their tool shed apart and sealing it in lead drums!

I think, by the end of the story, the kid was a nuke tech. on a sub.

cameroneod
June 4, 2003, 11:32 AM
He wasnt actually building a "Nuke.' It could be better described as a nutron device. It wasnt actually designed to explode at all.

CZ-75
June 4, 2003, 01:48 PM
I don't think anything but Plutonium or U-235 is fissionable, so he had to be building something else.

As he was a teenager working with radioactive material, with no safety precautions, I'm hoping he wasn't planing on having children.

Andrew Wyatt
June 4, 2003, 03:11 PM
you do realize what this means, right?


5000 dollar a piece cruise missiles.

can you imagine how many pissiles the US could build at 5000 a pop using the guy's pulsejet engines?

erikm
June 4, 2003, 04:03 PM
I ran into the story yesterday at spacedaily.com (http://www.spacedaily.com/2003/030603054417.qbiklnwn.html) (good reading, spacedaily.com (http://www.spacedaily.com/)) and was kind of wondering when it would surface here. Attentive slashdot readers may have noticed it there a month or so ago. :)

Except for some scale differences there aren't many differences between what this guy is building and a largish remote control model aircraft. You might almost call this project a case of 'open source weaponry construction' :D

Building something like this isn't be beyond the capabilities of a reasonably well-equipped high school wood and metalwork shop and a (single) somewhat knowledgable teacher. The technique he's using to make the fuselage and wings is identical to that used by aircraft kit builders. The jet he's proposing to build doesn't look to be much different from a V-1's. integrating the various electronic bits will probably be the most fiddly technical part. Programming this thing will probably be an interesting chore, but shouldn't be beyond the capabilities of a group of enthousiastic high school seniors or college freshmen.

From a 'practical terrorist' point of view, I can see several minor changes I would make to improve terminal accuracy, but I'm not going to go into them here. No point overly annoying people :)

With this project, this man is giving all those 'homeland security' paranoids a much needed public *****ing by demonstrating not only that a lot of their 'weapons control' efforts ( :cuss: ) are foolish but also that they are pointless (as if we didn't already know :rolleyes: ). Knowledge, once revealed, obeys no laws or borders and is practically impossible to stamp out.

I wish mr Simpson the best of luck and hope he open sources the final blueprints and software.

Cheers,
ErikM :evil:

Andrew Wyatt
June 4, 2003, 04:51 PM
hell, this thing isn't any more complicated than the two FIRST robots i built in HS.

www.usfirst.org has a listing of 600 plus schools that have teams capable of building weapons of mass destruction, err, i mean robots.

Ian
June 4, 2003, 06:36 PM
Cool! Five thousand dollar cruise missiles and five dollar flash-bangs (http://www.doingfreedom.com/gen/0902/sandia.html)! What more does a growing boy need? :evil:

Guy B. Meredith
June 4, 2003, 07:45 PM
Hoo boy. This brings up some interesting wrinkles. It has been verboten forever for amateur rocketeers to put anything resembling steering mechanisms in their rockets. Rumor is that Feds keep an eye to make sure they don't build guided missles.

However, I do not know that there are any restrictions on model airplanes. Are there any laws that differentiate between radio remote control with limited range and self contained guidance?

Hmmm. I do believe some model planes--gliders?--have internal systems that force them down at some point.

JoshM
June 4, 2003, 07:51 PM
The Jet Boat, Stainless Welding, Crop dusting and now the DIY Cruise Missle. :) Kiwi No' 8 wire lives on.

The Defence Department would not comment but one official told the New Zealand Herald that Simpson's website could be violating the international Missile Technology Control Regime, under which New Zealand has agreed to restrict the availability of missile technology

I'd expect the International Missle Tech Control Regime to be related to military applications. Without a payload it's a self guided hobby jet. Currently there are two other firms that in NZ are building prop powered RPV's for export sales in Police/Border Patrol work. Mr Simpson should just tell the bureaucrats that he's exploring "civil applications".

Media reports in this country have an undertone of either.
Bloke in shed builds the ultimate DIY project, or there 'ougta be a law against this.
:rolleyes:

Bostonterrier97
June 4, 2003, 11:37 PM
COOL!!!!

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