August 26, 2005

Extreme!

THE U.S. MILITARY has developed a working prototype for an aircraft-based laser weapon. According to the Reuters news service, the system should eventually be powerful enough to knock enemy missiles out of the sky. It should be ready by 2007.

Now this is cool. Aside from the engineering and practical advances that could come from this innovation, we're going to have lasers on our aircraft, and only a half-century since the concept really began going in science fiction. We might not have a moon base, video phones or flying cars yet, but at least we've got one honest-to-God 21st century innovation in the works. I salute the good, fine people at DARPA on their success, and look forward to hearing more about such advances.

You know, like the Death Star superlaser.

(via Capitalist Lion)

Posted by Benjamin Kepple at August 26, 2005 10:33 AM | TrackBack