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This is what happens to a Ping-Pong paddle when it's hit by a ball at supersonic speed

This is what happens to a Ping-Pong paddle when it's hit by a ball at supersonic speed

() Research by scientists at Purdue University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering Technologies have developed what could be among the first supersonic ping-pong guns or ping-pong bazookas and have showed off just what it can do to a standard, wooden ping-pong paddle.

Although subsonic ping-pong guns had been developed before to demonstrate acceleration and the power of pressure differentials in air, the research paper states, a simple addition allowed the scientists to get the ping-pong ball to reach speeds of about 908 miles per hour (slightly more than Mach 1.2).

Watch the concept explanation and the test for yourself (Note: the test comes at 5:47):

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