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The video is pretty cool. Says it won't be ready for the field for about 10 years. Wonder how powerful the laser will be by then?

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Years ago I lived next door to a Shuttle mission specialist. He was involved in some of the early classified missions to test technology for Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative, or SDI, more commonly know as "Star Wars".

Among the technologies being evaluated was an orbiting laser that was intended to shoot down enemy ballistic missiles from thousands of miles away. "One of the things we'd like to know", he said, "is exactly where to hit them."

"Do you mean like in the boost phase, stage separation, or warhead bus deployment?", I asked.

"No", he said, "I mean like payload shroud, red star, or rocket nozzles."
 

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Hope they can boost the power-level, took a good amount of time to take out the Mortar rounds.
 

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As I understand things the real need is to develop a "pulse" laser these current systems are heavy developments of an industrial laser and take much support and time on target. Geoff
Who notes David Drake's speculation deserves some inquiry.
 
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