Monday, April 11, 2011

We're still a long way from phasers and photon torpedoes ...

BBC News - Laser gun fired from US navy ship:

Researchers used the high-energy laser (HEL) to disable a boat by setting fire to its engines off the coast of California.

Similar systems had previously been tested on land, however moist sea air presented an extra challenge as it reduces a beam's power.
So, if "moist sea air" has been a challenge, how do these handle fog and rain? Let's spend billions of dollars to find out!
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