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# Shooting a cannonball.

I have a turret that fires cannonballs. When the player presses the appropriate button, this line of code is ran:

projectile.rigidbody.AddForce(transform.forward * 2000, ForceMode.Impulse);

Here's the problem - the cannonball fires just fine, but it takes a very long time before it begins to descend. This causes a huge problem since the cannonballs always fly over the enemy instead of landing near them. I basically want the cannonball to fall faster, but follow a clean arc. Any ideas on how to do this properly?

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Important ... You absolutely have to be using **real sized models** in Unity. It's a must, or nothing will work. Your cannonball must be the actual size of a real cannonball, your people must be actually 2m high, everything **must be** actual size. Then, all masses must be realistic in the real world. Hope it helps!

**Answer** by aldonaletto
·
Jul 27, 2011 at 02:44 AM

You must lower the elevation angle. The greatest distance is reached with a 45 degrees elevation, but the ball takes a lot to fall. You can experiment with 30, 20, 15 degrees - but the lower the angle, the higher the force you must apply for the cannon ball to reach the target. It may be easier to set the cannon ball velocity instead of the force applied.

The function BallisticVel in the script below calculates the velocity vector necessary to reach the object **target** when shooting at **angle** elevation. It assumes the target and the cannon are at the same height, but provides some correction for small differences (small when compared to the distance):

```
function BallisticVel(target: Transform, angle: float): Vector3 {
var dir = target.position - transform.position; // get target direction
var h = dir.y; // get height difference
dir.y = 0; // retain only the horizontal direction
var dist = dir.magnitude ; // get horizontal distance
var a = angle * Mathf.Deg2Rad; // convert angle to radians
dir.y = dist * Mathf.Tan(a); // set dir to the elevation angle
dist += h / Mathf.Tan(a); // correct for small height differences
// calculate the velocity magnitude
var vel = Mathf.Sqrt(dist * Physics.gravity.magnitude / Mathf.Sin(2 * a));
return vel * dir.normalized;
}
var myTarget: Transform; // drag the target here
var cannonball: GameObject; // drag the cannonball prefab here
var shootAngle: float = 30; // elevation angle
function Update(){
if (Input.GetKeyDown("b")){ // press b to shoot
var ball: GameObject = Instantiate(cannonball, transform.position, Quaternion.identity);
ball.rigidbody.velocity = BallisticVel(myTarget, shootAngle);
Destroy(ball, 10);
}
}
```

To test it, create an empty object about 2 units above the ground and attach this script. Make sure the cannonball don't touch any collider when instantiated, or it will not reach the target. Drag the target and the cannonball prefab to the corresponding variables and press b to shoot.

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Drag is not taken into account. When drag is set to for example to .25, the calculated velocity is not enough to reach the target. Any idea on how to take the drag into account and still make the cannonball land on the target position?

Btw. Works great if drag=0 !

Thnx.

Aldo,

Drag is not taken into account. Any idea on what to do if drag is set to for example .25 and still get the right velocity for the projected target distance?

This function ignores drag. If we knew the drag equation, maybe it could be taken into account - but I haven't the slightest clue about how it's calculated. In real world physics, it's proportional to the square of the velocity - but this doesn't happen with Unity's drag.

But why do you want to add drag to the ballistic trajectory? If the function could compensate for the drag effect, the cannonball would land at the desired point, and nobody would see a difference - so, why to add drag?

Your code returns error: "rigidbody.velocity assign attempt for 'Shell(Clone)' is not valid. Input velocity is { NaN, NaN, NaN }. UnityEngine.Rigidbody:set_velocity (UnityEngine.Vector3)"

maybe because of the angle? Could you show how to get the angle of transform instead your fixed float of 30 ? I have done transform.localEulerAngles.x in order to get 60 degree, the inclination af the cannon tip and have done :

```
ball.GetComponent<Rigidbody>().velocity = BallisticVelocity(target, cannonTip.localEulerAngles.x);
```

but doesnt work at all...

Compensation should do the trick.

With the right compensation taking the rigidbody.drag into account the cannonball should land on the target again. Any idea?

It's generous of Aldo to provide a ballistic formula -- I've noticed many, many people starting out with Unity ask tis question -- and it always leads to vast confusion!

**Answer** by Dschonny2000
·
Nov 25, 2013 at 05:05 AM

Well, stumbled upon this thread and asked myself same question as Mozes - how can I rearrange this to calc the angle with given velocity? Tried it with

```
float angle = ( Mathf.Asin((distance * Physics.gravity.magnitude) / (velocity * velocity)) ) / 2
```

but that doesn't do the trick. Also, when thinking about it, when velocity is fixed there must be a distance-range (min and max distance) in which there is a valid angle, and in that range there will probably be two angles that do the job.. but I'm just too bad at math to get it..

In case anybody still needs the original Velocity-calculation (thanks for this to aldonaletto!) in c#, here's my translation:

```
Vector3 calcBallisticVelocityVector(Transform source, Transform target, float angle)
{
Vector3 direction = target.position - source.position; // get target direction
float h = direction.y; // get height difference
direction.y = 0; // remove height
float distance = direction.magnitude; // get horizontal distance
float a = angle * Mathf.Deg2Rad; // Convert angle to radians
direction.y = distance * Mathf.Tan(a); // Set direction to elevation angle
distance += h/Mathf.Tan(a); // Correction for small height differences
// calculate velocity
float velocity = Mathf.Sqrt(distance * Physics.gravity.magnitude / Mathf.Sin(2*a));
return velocity * direction.normalized;
}
```

Dat was fantastic Bro..But how to use your ballistic function with different speeds (Should Reach the Target)?? I actually tried as below but the cannon ball is crossing the target(As i have multiplied with some value to the force required) May b am incorrect can u please help me with this???

**Answer** by Kergal
·
Aug 05, 2012 at 10:45 PM

Hey guys I stumbled over this nice thread - which covers exactly what I need, unfortunately everybody is coding in unity script... i tried to translate the code to c# , but I must have made a mistake.

this is my translation:

public Vector3 BallisticVel(Transform target, float angle){ Vector3 dir = target.position - mySelf.transform.position; float h = dir.y; dir.y =0f; float dist = dir.magnitude; float a = angle * Mathf.Deg2Rad; dir.y = dist * Mathf.Tan(a); dist += h / Mathf.Tan(a); float vel = Mathf.Sqrt(dist*Physics.gravity.magnitude / Mathf.Sin(2 * a)); return vel*dir.normalized; }

here I "call" the function :

GameObject ball = Instantiate(ArrowObject,_ArrowObjectPos.position,Quaternion.identity)as GameObject; ball.rigidbody.velocity = BallisticVel(enemyObject, shootangle);

mySelf is the gameobject the script is attached to ;)

and this is the errormessage I get :

```
rigidbody.velocity assign attempt for 'Sphere(Clone)' is not valid. Input position is { NaN, NaN, NaN }.
UnityEngine.Rigidbody:set_velocity(Vector3)
```

I am terrible with all those Mathf. stuff. I was able to use the script like this :

public Vector3 BallisticVel(Transform target){ Vector3 dir = target.position - mySelf.transform.position; float h = dir.y; dir.y =0; float dist = dir.magnitude; dir.y = dist; dist += h; float vel = Mathf.Sqrt(dist*Physics.gravity.magnitude); return vel*dir.normalized; }

but like this - i shoot the cannon way too slow and a bit too far. Any suggestions?

**Answer** by LeleUnity
·
Oct 04, 2020 at 10:39 AM

@aldonaletto Your code returns error: **"rigidbody.velocity assign attempt for 'Shell(Clone)' is not valid. Input velocity is { NaN, NaN, NaN }. UnityEngine.Rigidbody:set_velocity (UnityEngine.Vector3)"**

maybe because of the angle? Could you show how to get the angle of transform instead your fixed float of 30degrees ? I have done transform.localEulerAngles.x in order to get 60 degree, the inclination af the cannon tip and have done :

```
ball.GetComponent<Rigidbody>().velocity = BallisticVelocity(target, cannonTip.localEulerAngles.x);
```

but doesnt work at all... **your code works only on 0 to 90 degrees angles.** It seems a problem of the square root and angle.. Could you fix it to make it universal ? Thank you!

I agree, the doesnt work for a range of angles for me too. Don't know what is the issue.

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