Laser-Cannons: Coming Soon To A Galaxy Near You!

This is so freaking cool! In an article at Space.com, laser cannons are being developed with very ambitious goals.

Not stuff of Scifi, but real working weapons.

"DARPA's HELLADS (High Energy Liquid Laser Area Defense System) will be light enough to fit on a fighter jet or drone aircraft, and yet powerful enough to fire a 150 kilowatt beam of energy. Star Wars laser cannon may be closer than you think."

So the next question is: Where are the space fighter-craft to mount them on?

Comments

  1. Under the wing probably, replacing the missile hardpoint on normal fighters. The next question is: Are they going to be coloured and make cool noises?

  2. Mark Singer says

    So now it's back to the WW2 style of air-2-air in your face combat? No more 5 to 100 mile over the horizon push button fights. Interesting how what's old is new.

  3. Ah, yes... very cool. New weapons being developed to KILL PEOPLE. I wonder, will these lasers make people COOK alive inside their fighters? Awesome. Sweet. Totally RAD. Man, I sure wish they'd develop more ways of making it easier to kill folks.

    (or did you forget that we are talking about REALITY - and not sci fi - where, in REALITY, when someone gets shot with a 150 Kilowatt laser, they die horribly, and their family cries in misery over their rotting smoldering corpse.)

    Just something to think about.

  4. You make a good point, but people have been killing people since the beginning of time.

    It's just fascinating (and a bit morbid to be sure) to watch the new and interesting technologies they develop to do the job more efficiently.

    Even in the idiic future of Star Trek, man is confronted with the need to kill others to defend their way of life.

    The idea that it will all end some day soon is a dream of many, but I doubt it will be achieved in my lifetime.

    So till then... I still think it is pretty cool.

    (I feel so dirty now!)

  5. "when someone gets shot with a 150 Kilowatt laser, they die horribly,"

    I don't know about you but I'd rather be fried in a couple of milliseconds than have my plane hit by a missile, crash and spend an hour with parts of the missile and the plane embedded into my body while I bleed out in excruciating pain unable to move.

  6. the is cool
    Project Orion: a re-imagining by Rhys Taylor
    An animation depicting a SRB assisted ground launch of a 4000 ton 'Orion' type nuclear pulse rocket on a manned mission to Mars.
    Video length 2 min. 35 sec. - AVI, QuickTime and Windows Media Player formats available
    http://www.nuclearspace.com/gallery_orion_movie.htm
    PS:

  7. >I want a laser cannon... sounds like something cool to keep under my pillow.

    >"I don't know about you but I'd rather be fried in a couple of milliseconds than have my plane hit by a missile, crash and spend an hour with parts of the missile and the plane embedded into my body while I bleed out in excruciating pain unable to move." (Ian Tong)

    >Im pretty sure that 150 kilowatts would short out a plane though. Causing you to crash to the ground. And that would suck for obvious reasons. Lasers arent physical damage, frying would be done to the most fry-able parts. Which would be the entire plane so you would be ok, but you wouldnt be able to eject.

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