Thursday, May 01, 2008

The Future is Now

Another icon of science fiction becomes science fact: the raygun.

How It Works: The Flying Laser Cannon
Boeing's new laser cannon can melt a hole in a tank from five miles away and 10,000 feet up—and it’s ready to fly this year
By Eric Adams Posted 03.13.2008 at 4:48 pm

Creating a laser that can melt a soda can in a lab is a finicky enough task. Later this year, scientists will put a 40,000-pound chemical laser in the belly of a gunship flying at 300 mph and take aim at targets as far away as five miles. And we’re not talking aluminum cans. Boeing’s new Advanced Tactical Laser will cook trucks, tanks, radio stations—the kinds of things hit with missiles and rockets today. Whereas conventional projectiles can lose sight of their target and be shot down or deflected, the ATL moves at the speed of light and can strike several targets in rapid succession.

I know that I speak for the entire Daily Duck community when I say "cool!"


Blogger David said...


(I wonder how long it has to be on target?)

May 01, 2008 3:35 PM  

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