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« on: May 22, 2008, 03:54:24 PM »

Boeing Begins Firing High-Energy Laser Aboard Advanced Tactical Laser Aircraft
http://www.webwire.com/ViewPressRel.asp?aId=65784
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After conducting a series of additional laser tests on the ground and in the air, the program will fire the chemical laser in-flight at mission-representative ground targets. The test team will fire the laser through a rotating turret that extends through the aircraft’s belly.

"Later this year, we will fire the laser in-flight at ground targets, demonstrating the military utility of this transformational directed energy weapon" Fancher said.

ATL, which Boeing is developing for the U.S. Department of Defense, will destroy, damage or disable targets with little to no collateral damage, supporting missions on the battlefield and in urban operations.
This reminds me of a Wash. Post column I read a while back that was noting that the most sea-changing new developments or technologies tend to get buried in otherwise forgettable press releases that nobody pays attention to (including the Internet, World Wide Web, e-mail, Wi-Fi, etc. etc.).

Of course, the scary thing about inventing stuff like this is that usually the wrong people want the same technology. While it would be nice to make collateral damage a thing of the pass, I don't know how you defend against this thing (mirrors?) if it becomes more common and becomes a technology other countries possess.

P.S. I searched for Boeing, Lasers, and "holy crap!" with the forum search function, so if there's already a thread on this, tough.  icon_razz
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« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2008, 03:59:35 PM »

Quote from: Blackjack on May 22, 2008, 03:54:24 PM

P.S. I searched for Boeing, Lasers, and "holy crap!" with the forum search function, so if there's already a thread on this, tough.  icon_razz

No, but there was already a movie about it.


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« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2008, 04:02:31 PM »

Thank goodness shield technology isn't widespread yet or we'd have to add the Holtzman Effect to our list of world-destroying worries.
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« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2008, 04:08:02 PM »

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I don't know how you defend against this thing (mirrors?)

That made me laugh out loud. I was just envisioning this multi-million dollar Boeing fighter jet strafing an Iraqi terrorist hideout with is crazy death ray, and they come out with a bunch of hand mirrors tied to the back of a camel.
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« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2008, 04:14:34 PM »

Not exactly sure how this thing works (range, rate of fire, energy consumption, power source, etc.), but as simple as they make it sound it would seem you could put this thing on a few satellites and take out a country's tanks, planes, trucks, whatever without ever engaging them in battle.
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« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2008, 05:20:56 PM »

The Makron will be pleased with the construction of this mining laser.
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« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2008, 05:34:00 PM »

Quote from: YellowKing on May 22, 2008, 04:08:02 PM

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I don't know how you defend against this thing (mirrors?)

That made me laugh out loud. I was just envisioning this multi-million dollar Boeing fighter jet strafing an Iraqi terrorist hideout with is crazy death ray, and they come out with a bunch of hand mirrors tied to the back of a camel.

That and they'll cover their bases with tinfoil.
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« Reply #7 on: May 22, 2008, 08:39:19 PM »

Up next, sharks!

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« Reply #8 on: May 22, 2008, 10:01:46 PM »

That must be why pointing green lasers at planes is illegal.
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« Reply #9 on: May 22, 2008, 10:48:44 PM »

Quote from: Teggy on May 22, 2008, 04:14:34 PM

Not exactly sure how this thing works (range, rate of fire, energy consumption, power source, etc.), but as simple as they make it sound it would seem you could put this thing on a few satellites and take out a country's tanks, planes, trucks, whatever without ever engaging them in battle.

Not simple at all, it's a chemical laser and you only get a few shots before it needs to be resupplied with fresh vats of electron rich soup.
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« Reply #10 on: May 23, 2008, 06:19:04 AM »

Highly toxic chemicals.
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« Reply #11 on: May 23, 2008, 02:17:54 PM »

Boeing wants to rule the world.
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« Reply #12 on: February 14, 2010, 08:06:08 PM »

They fired it and took out a boosting ballistic missile.

http://boeing.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=43&item=1075




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