Check out this R5800 Solar Death Ray, built by 19-year-old Eric Jacqmain

by Mark R

What you are seeing here is a “death-ray” made by gluing 5,800 tiny mirror tiles to a fiberglass satellite dish.

According to my Source, it is powerful enough to “melt steel, vaporize aluminum, boil concrete, turn dirt into lava, and obliterate any organic material in an instant”. Believe it or not, it was built by a 19-year-old named Eric Jacqmain who wanted to prove how powerful the sun’s energy is.

Okay, point taken! Unfortunately, Jacqmain’s invention failed because it was destroyed by a shed fire that was started by its own energy. Jacqmain says he want so build a more powerful version with 32,000 mirrors in the future. Will that be more powerful than the sun?

In all honesty, I’m not certain at what point the government should intervene when Death-rays are created. I think I saw an episode of Mythbusters where they were trying to find out whether some ancient mirror weapon could blast ships. As I recall, it was busted. Correct me in a comment if it was Plausible.

Okay, this is one those times where I doubt whether this is true, because this weapon seems too powerful and it is rather convenient how this particular WMD was accidentally destroyed.

Does anyone know whether or not this particular R5800 Death Ray is really true? I’m not saying that it is completely false, but I would like to find out more about it.


13 reviews or comments

Missy Says: January 31, 2011 at 5:42 pm

It was busted three different times. The death ray was said to be created by Archimedes.

Vin Reich Says: January 31, 2011 at 8:11 pm

There is a video

Robert Bob Says: February 1, 2011 at 5:59 am

Yes! quite possible within a focal range of a few feet. I built something similar for catching microwaves using a reflective surface. Left it outside early in the AM. It was randomly focused on a piece of wood which was smoking heavily when I realized what was going on. I now keep it in the shade.

Jim Says: February 1, 2011 at 4:35 pm

It is not possible for a mirror array of this size to do what is claimed. The average energy the sun imparts to the earth is roughly 100 watts per square foot judging by the photo this is about 9 square feet give or take. That means this array can focus 900 watts of energy to a focused point. That is impressive but a welder, used to melt metals such as aluminum and steel together, runs at 200 amps on a 230 volt line. Using joules law that is P = IV = 200*230 = 46 kilowatts of power. it would take a very precisely calibrated mirror array approximately 20 ft by 20 ft to generate that kind of power.

Todd Says: February 2, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Jim you’re mixing things up a bit. The welder you’re talking about outputs a max of 200amps but the voltage you’re using is the input voltage, you would need the output voltage to calculate the proper output power of the welder.
More than likely the welder you’re speaking of outputs a max voltage of 30 volts, and you can weld steel (depending on the thickness) with a small portion of the 200 amp max current output. Lets choose a 10% current output, that would be 20A. So 30Vx20A=600watts. So according to your calculations the solar mirror array has more than enough power to do what the video shows.

sunwukong Says: February 4, 2011 at 6:29 am

1. Don’t trust myth busters for ground truth, I’ve seen them mess things up more than once.
2. Larger versions of this mirror “wmd” are functioning and indeed they can vaporize steel.
3. Search for a version that uses focusable mirrors mounted on a 4 x 8 foot sheet of plywood.
4. I would bet the Archimedes setup involved a gang of flat mirrors focused on one point instead of one large parabolic mirror.

sydneystone Says: February 9, 2011 at 10:04 am

Thsi solar power really can be alternative of deadly Nuclear Power

Joel Says: March 5, 2011 at 6:32 am

It’s for real. As for the ancient myth of Archimedes, which states his device was able to light the ships on fire from a cliff as they were invading. It would have had to of been absolutely ginormous to have a focal point so far away, but who knows, they didn’t have facebook back then, imagine the free time.

Steve Says: April 14, 2011 at 10:15 am

If it is as powerful as the inventor claims, why is he holding the object he is igniting with his bare hands (or so it appears) and a short sleeve shirt?

Edwin Says: April 14, 2011 at 8:54 pm

Good question, maybe he just bought a very expensive insurance policy and wants to cash in :)

jimoerike Says: May 14, 2011 at 8:52 pm

Atlantis was supposed to have been destroyed by one version, by it’s own sun powered lasers the rays or beams burning into the other lasers power sources creating an explosive chain reaction which in turn was probably a conspiracy someone believed the technology was too great to powerful to dangerous for the worlds population & set us back on a stone age progression of discoveries, another version a world of catastrophic events destroyed the futuristic Isle.

GrumbleTweeter Says: August 23, 2011 at 8:46 am

I saw the Myth-busters episode, the problem with it was it wasn’t in any way focused, that might be part of what they busted that an army with shields couldn’t concentrate enough sunlight to set the ships on fire, however that has nothing like a finely tuned computer controlled heliostat array focusing on one point. that produces 500 MW

bob Says: September 29, 2013 at 6:49 am

If you look up Fresnel lens you will find that it is roughly that size and does the same. Also I own one of these-I made it and it’s 2/3 the diameter but it is better focused and it does melts aluminium easily also I have vaporized aluminium and melted steel with a 1.5 metre Fresnel lense (for those of you that won’t look it up it’s a thin piece of plastic that can focus to a point of 1/2″. To put this simply, yes it is possible.

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