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lasersIonQ Has the Most Powerful Quantum Computers With 79 Trapped Ion Qubits and 160 Stored Qubits

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IonQ just made a presentation on two new trapped ion quantum computers with 160 stored and 79 processing qubits. This is more qubits than the best noisy superconducting quantum computers which is currently the Google 72 Qubit Bristlecone processor. The …

lasersUS Zumwalt Destroyers Getting Anti-ship Missiles Now and Railguns and Lasers Later

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The three planned Zumwalt-class ships each have eighty Mk 54 Vertical Launch System cells capable of firing a variety of long-range anti-ship missiles. They will fire * the Tomahawk Land Attack Missile, which is being modified to hit ships at …

future weaponsUS needs megawatt class combat lasers to counter hypersonic missiles

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Michael Griffin, the undersecretary for research and engineering, expects future budgets to provide funds for lasers that the missile defense agency can more rapidly develop and field. Space-control needs to have megawatt-class lasers. Hypersonic weapons’ low signature in flight and …

economic impactSpaceX Low Latency Starlink Satellite Network Will Be Massively Profitable

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SpaceX has US Federal Communications Committee (FCC) approval to build a constellation of 4,425 low Earth orbit communication satellites. It will use phased array antennas for up and downlinks and laser communication between satellites to provide global low-latency high bandwidth …

artificial intelligenceWaymo Self-Driving Cars use lasers to constantly guide safe driving

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Waymo, Google’s self-driving car company, is building the world’s most experienced driver, with over 10 million miles self-driven on public roads and almost 7 billion in simulation. Discover what we’ve seen and learned along the way from literal curveballs in …

armyUS Army will test 50 kw lasers on Strykers and 100 kw lasers in 2021

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The US Army will test 50 kilowatt lasers on an Anti-aircraft Stryker starting in 2021 and then will field them in 2023. Doubling a laser’s power level halves the time it takes to burn out a given target at a …

artificial intelligencePossible game changer in detection of submarines

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China will try to use lasers, microwave radar and a lot of computation to detect submarines down to 500-meter depth. Experiments carried out by the United States and former Soviet Union achieved maximum detection depths of less than 100 meters, …

additive manufacturingCatalyzing major human space activities by 2030

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This October the Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop is hosting a special Symposium at the Y-12 New Hope Center in Oak Ridge TN that will promote safe, fast, and affordable human development of our solar system – the first real steps …

dronesDrones, hypersonic weapons, lasers and engines for next generation

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The sixth generation fighters and upgrades to older fighters over the next 10-20 years will involve better engines for more range and speed, hypersonic weapons, combat lasers, unmanned flight and drones. Hypersonic missiles (mach 5 or faster) are already being …

fusionLaser used to generate 700 Tesla magnetic field to guide laser fusion

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A laser-driven capacitor–coil target was used to generate a strong 600-700 Tesla magnetic field. The strength of the magnetic field was measured on GEKKO-XII23,24, LULI200025, Shengguang-II26, and OMEGA-EP laser facilities. Experimental results revealed that a 600–700-T magnetic field was generated …