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In Uncategorized on February 28, 2010 at 12:30 am

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In Uncategorized on February 27, 2010 at 10:53 pm

Thoughts, by Arthur Jensen: “…consequences of sticking your neck out when you think you should, are not too bad. It is an exercise in conscience and self-respect, in which neither suffers, given the faith that the scientific pursuit of the currently most tabooed question will prove worthwhile to humanity.”

“potential use of directed energy to defend against ballistic missiles”

In Uncategorized on February 13, 2010 at 7:04 am

“the first directed energy lethal intercept demonstration against a liquid-fuel boosting ballistic missile target from an airborne platform”

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The following U.S. Missile Defense Agency experiment was conducted off the southern California coast last night.

Images and video of this test are available at http://www.mda.mil/news/gallery_altb.html

Brian Webb, Editor

Airborne Laser Testbed Successful in Lethal Intercept Experiment

Missile Defense Agency
2010 February 11

The Missile Defense Agency demonstrated the potential use of directed energy to defend against ballistic missiles when the Airborne Laser Testbed (ALTB) successfully destroyed a boosting ballistic missile. The experiment, conducted at Point Mugu Naval Air Warfare Center-Weapons Division Sea Range off the central California coast, serves as a proof-of-concept demonstration for directed energy technology. The ALTB is a pathfinder for the nation’s directed energy program and its potential application for missile defense technology.

At 8:44 p.m. (PST), February 11, 2010, a short-range threat-representative ballistic missile was launched from an at-sea mobile launch platform. Within seconds, the ALTB used onboard sensors to detect the boosting missile and used a low-energy laser to track the target. The ALTB then fired a second low-energy laser to measure and compensate for atmospheric disturbance. Finally, the ALTB fired its megawatt-class High Energy Laser, heating the boosting ballistic missile to critical structural failure. The entire engagement occurred within two minutes of the target missile launch, while its rocket motors were still thrusting.

This was the first directed energy lethal intercept demonstration against a liquid-fuel boosting ballistic missile target from an airborne platform. The revolutionary use of directed energy is very attractive for missile defense, with the potential to attack multiple targets at the speed of light, at a range of hundreds of kilometers, and at a low cost per intercept attempt compared to current technologies.

Less than one hour later, a second solid fuel short-range missile was launched from a ground location on San Nicolas Island, Calif. and the ALTB successfully engaged the boosting target with its High Energy Laser, met all its test criteria, and terminated lasing prior to destroying the second target. The ALTB destroyed a solid fuel missile, identical to the second target, in flight on February 3, 2010.

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“the biological notion of race proves remarkably resistant” by Sesardic, 2009

In Uncategorized on February 8, 2010 at 6:18 pm