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   Undertoad  Thursday Jul 5 02:28 PM

July 5, 2007: Awesome airborne 747-mounted laser cannon

Coign suggests this items from a community news site called Press Esc.

I'd heard of this plane before but had never seen it, at least to my memory...

The idea is that the laser on the nose of that 747 identifies and shoots down incoming missiles. Sounds unlikely, but I think it's had more success than the old "Star Wars" SDI. The presence of this beast was loudly pointed out when the North Koreans ran their last missile test; as if to say, go ahead and try it Il, we'll have a test of our own to carry out.

And at the link there is a pic of something it has actually shot down. Just do not look into the laser with your exposed eyeball, or you'll find your entire head exploding.

Dypok  Thursday Jul 5 03:35 PM

Does anyone else see tuition sitting there on wheels?

barefoot serpent  Thursday Jul 5 03:53 PM

[GWB]Oh Vlady, guess what -- now about that missle shield in eastern Europe...[/GWB]

theotherguy  Thursday Jul 5 04:06 PM

Is it just me or does Putin remind you of Lee Greenwood?

Flint  Thursday Jul 5 04:07 PM

He's proud to be an American, where at least he knows he's free?!

Griff  Thursday Jul 5 06:00 PM

Originally Posted by thenewguy View Post
Is it just me or does Putin remind you of Lee Greenwood?
I'm pretty sure it's the same guy. I've never seen them together.

theotherguy  Thursday Jul 5 06:01 PM

A friend used to work for Lee, and, the way I understand it, he pretty much was a tyrant. So, we may be on to something here.

theotherguy  Thursday Jul 5 06:03 PM

Also, I think the laser on the front of the plane is phallic.

barefoot serpent  Thursday Jul 5 06:13 PM

could be...

xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Jul 5 10:03 PM

Originally Posted by Dypok View Post
Does anyone else see tuition sitting there on wheels?
Tuition? How many Doctorates, for your whole class, do you want?

Undertoad  Thursday Jul 5 10:51 PM

Well, my friend Bill once said, considering engineering for a defense contractor, "I'm not really comfortable developing systems to kill people. On the other hand, holy crap, is some of that stuff cool as hell or what."

xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Jul 5 11:20 PM

Clean room, suits, gloves, masks.... then hang it on the front of a 747 doing hundreds of miles per hour... go figure.

Coign  Friday Jul 6 11:01 AM

An image I suggested got used. I am so happy!!

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xoxoxoBruce  Friday Jul 6 06:05 PM

You do realize on Monday it'll be, 'what have you done for us lately', don't you?

RellikLaerec  Friday Jul 6 08:17 PM

I heard somewhere from anonymous sources that they have something like this mounted on destroyers that are capable of taking a target at 600 miles! Don't know if i should feel safer or not with this. At least it's on our side..... for now...

Weird Harold  Friday Jul 6 09:33 PM

Originally Posted by barefoot serpent View Post
could be...
Just wanted to say thanks for the airplane porn. That was funny.

zippyt  Saturday Jul 7 01:24 PM

" lazer beams in my dreams "

Kitsune  Monday Jul 9 11:15 AM

I can't wait for them to aim it at the dean's house that has a giant JiffyPop in it.

Nikolai  Monday Jul 9 11:45 AM

Just reminds me of family guy where at the UN the UN joke about giving Peter a satellite that can scratch his ass from space. Now they pretty much have that. :d

xoxoxoBruce  Monday Jul 16 05:42 PM

Originally Posted by Boeing
Airborne Laser passes critical test
In recent flight tests, the Airborne Laser successfully accomplished the basic
steps required to complete a fire control loop (sequence of events) to engage a
boosting ballistic missile, Lt. Gen. Henry A. "Trey" Obering, Missile Defense
Agency director, announced Monday. (Pam Keeton photo)The Airborne Laser on June
29 at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., successfully accomplished the basic steps
to engage a boosting ballistic missile.
Lt. Gen. Henry A. Obering, Missile Defense Agency director, said Monday that the
exercise included the first in-flight propagation of the Surrogate High Energy
Laser through the modified 747-400 ABL aircraft's nose-mounted turret. The ABL
aircraft used its infrared and beam-control sensors to demonstrate a key system
capability -- to successfully find and track a target aircraft used for the
Completing the basic fire control process of an engagement sequence marks a
significant step in the rapid technical and engineering progress achieved by the
program over the past three years, the agency said.
During the test, the modified Boeing 747-400 first used its infrared sensors and
beam control sensors to successfully find and track "Big Crow," the target
aircraft used for the test.

On this initial test of the SHEL, ABL made use of beacon lasers installed on Big
Crow to simulate the targeting return it would receive from a live missile

The SHEL is a low-power laser used to simulate the characteristics of the
high-energy Chemical Iodine Oxygen Laser that will be installed on ABL beginning
later this year. The high-power laser has completed more than 70 successful
firings during ground testing.

In subsequent tests planned for later this month, the ABL will conduct a
complete engagement series using its tracking illuminator laser, its atmospheric
compensation laser, and the SHEL. The SHEL was installed on the ABL aircraft
during aircraft ground modifications and is an important component to test ABL's
ability to compensate for atmospheric distortions and deliver sufficient power
on target to destroy a boosting ballistic missile shortly after it is launched.
In other words, it don't work yet and won't for a while.

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