SDI Not So “Pie-in-the-Sky” Anymore

by Ryan on February 13, 2010

in Anything Else,Media Bias,science,War on Terror

Yesterday, the Pentagon announced the successful test of an airborne anti-ballistic missile (ABM) defense system which used frickin’ laser beams on a modified Boeing 747 to destroy its target!   The Airborne Laser Testbed (ALTB) was just a test, but a pretty cool one.  Using a directed energy laser system, two of ALTB’s targets were destroyed.  Of course, the target missile has to be in its early boost phase and we have to know where it’s coming from, but it is a great start;  it’s cheaper and potentially more effective than our existing ABM system and this technology likely has the potential to be modified for ground or naval based applications.

I suppose SDI is not so out of reach!  Either way, I love the 80s graphics:

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