Friday, March 17, 2006
What a week!
What tid bit of info shall I use today?
There is a piece of equipment almost the size of a large plane the military is testing out, well on a boeing 474. It is a new weapon to take out missles in flight. It is a laser. Pretty cool huh? This huge missile destroying laser has 1 fault (other than size and weight)
It has only 7 shots
The reason is because to create a laser that can heat up a missle and destroy it takes a massive amount of energy. It blends 2 different chemicals and supersonic speeds together to create this energy.
To some people this sounds like a waste... I mean 7 shots on a 747 costing 2.1 billion dollars!! Why not stick with missles to take down missiles? Well because missiles are no where near as fast as a laser. Trying to hit a missile with another missle it like trying to make 2 bullets collide in mid air... its very hard to say the least.
This is only step 1 of functional lasers other than annoying/blinding people in movie theaters and I look forward to step 2