Saturday, July 24, 2010


The Future is Here

This is cool. Lasers shoot down unmanned aerial vehicles in Navy test.
"The targets came in over the ocean, and it was a good day for lasers, bad day for drones," says Mike Booen of Raytheon in Tucson. Lasers: 4, and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV's): 0, was the score, and in pretty dramatic fashion too, if you see the video provided by the defense giant.

In a few seconds, six fiber-optic lasers with a combined 32 kilowatts of power fried up the drones in the tests. (A coffee-maker is about a one kilowatt appliance for comparison purposes, according to the Energy Department.) The range distance of the tests lasers is a Navy secret, but Defense Industry Daily in 2007 reported their reach would be three times farther than the 20-millimeter "Gatling" guns now mounted on Navy ships to defend against airborne threats.

Light sabers coming next.

Hat tip to The Virtuous Republic

Must. Have. Lightsaber.

But in all seriousness, this is a huge leap forward. Though I view with some suspicion the 32 kilowatt figure. (I mean, if so, DAMN!! - and in a good way.)
Huge leap. I was surprised. Wonder what they have that we don't know about.
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