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air forceUS military accelerating useful combat laser testing this year for deployments 2020-2022

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Four Star General Carlton Everhart, head of Air Mobility Commmand (AMC), told Air Force Times he wants to begin exploring this capability on a KC-135 refueling tanker in 2018. He took steps to get a KC-135 to the Air Force …

futureHolographic sails fixes last technical issues for interstellar laser pushed sails

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Greg Matloff and his wife, C Bangs, have researched the use of holographic films for solar and laser pushed space sails. Matloff’s work is described at Centauri Dreams. Greg Matloff is on the Advisor’s Board of Yuri Milner’s $100 million …

energy100 Petawatt lasers could tear apart vacuum by 2023

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In 2016, the Shanghai Superintense Ultrafast Laser Facility (SULF), is a single cylinder of titanium-doped sapphire about the width of a Frisbee. achieved an unprecedented 5.3 million billion watts, or petawatts (PW). The lights in Shanghai do not dim each …

lasersPhotonic precision measurement chip shows mass production of quantum sensors is possible

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Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have created a chip on which laser light interacts with a tiny cloud of atoms to serve as a miniature toolkit for measuring important quantities such as length with quantum …

lasersBreakthrough Propulsion Architecture gets Phase 2 NIAC funding

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The breakthrough architecture uses a kilometer-scale, multi-hundred-megawatt phased-array laser to beam power to a vehicle that converts it to electrical power for a multi-megawatt electric propulsion system that produces a specific impulse of 58,000 seconds. Such a system would enable …

astronomyUpdated analysis for laser sail mission to Alpha Centauri

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There is a 49-page report that has updated analysis on sending a small probe towards the Alpha Centauri system in a 50 year total mission time traveling at an average cruise velocity of 10% of light speed. The Andromeda Study: …

dronesCombat lasers will protect against drone swarms

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Raytheon has a High Energy Laser (HEL) mounted a dune buggy which can be charged from a 220 volt outlet then scan for enemy drones for four hours and fire up to thirty shots. The system is standalone, with a …

armyHigh Energy lasers and microwave anti-drone weapons will be a multi-billion market by 2023

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Raytheon ramping up High Energy Laser (HEL) and High Powered Microwave (HPM) weapons that can find, fix and kill or disable the increasingly cheap and capable drones. Antidrone lasers and microwave weapons will be a several billion dollar market over …

energyLaser-heated nanowires produce micro-scale nuclear fusion with record efficiency

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Using a compact but powerful laser to heat arrays of ordered nanowires, CSU scientists and collaborators have demonstrated micro-scale nuclear fusion in the lab. They have achieved record-setting efficiency for the generation of neutrons – chargeless sub-atomic particles resulting from …

directed energy weapons60-150 KW Combat laser on US destroyer by 2020

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By 2020, Lockheed will install a 60-150 kilowatt combat laser on an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer and the laser will be integrated with the Aegis system. The U.S. Navy awarded Lockheed Martin a $150 million contract, with options worth up to …