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air forceUS Air Force Combat Laser Shoots Down Air Launched Missiles

he Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Self-Protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator (SHiELD) used a ground-based version of a combat laser weapon system shoot down of multiple air-launched missiles in flight.

futureBreakthrough Starshot Update #SpaceAccess2019

Peter Klupar is presenting on Breakthrough Starshot at Access Space 2019. Peter reviewed the Breakthrough initiatives, Breakthrough prize, Breakthrough Listen and the Junior Breakthrough challenge. Breakthough Watch looks at exoplanets up to 15 light years away. The

franceNotre Dame Was Rebuilt After the French Revolution and Will Be Rebuilt Again

The spire of Notre Dam was previously destroyed around 1789 during the French revolution. Notre Dam was rebuilt in the 1840s and that rebuilding included a new spire. The good news is that Notre Dam was rebuilt before and it …

directed energy weaponsUS Navy Deploying 60-Kilowatt Combat Laser

In the next two years, the US Navy wants to deploy a 60-kilowatt Helios combat laser aboard a guided-missile destroyer. In 2021, they will install a High Energy Laser and Integrated Optical-dazzler with Surveillance weapon system aboard a West Coast …

future weaponsMegawatt Lasers, Microwave and Hypersonic Weapons

The goal of Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, Mike Griffin, is making megawatt lasers, hypersonic weapons and directed energy weapons. Griffin wants * megawatt lasers in space for space control * 75 kilowatts on top of the …

future weaponsGerman Rheinmetall Makes Progress to 100-kilowatt Combat Lasers

Germany is making progress to 100-kilowatt military lasers. There were successful tests shooting down drones and mortar rounds. The next step will be to integrate a 20-kilowatt laser on an armored vehicle. Germany is about two years behind the US …

fusionOMEGA Laser Fusion Work is Progress on a Long Road

Researchers at the OMEGA Laser Facility at the University of Rochester in New York improved the fusion yield by a factor of three compared with OMEGA’s previous record. The OMEGA facility focuses 60 high-power laser beams are directed onto a …

future weaponsUS 2019 Missile Defense Review Expanded to Include Hypersonic Missile Threats

The 2019 Missile Defense Review (MDR) has been expanded to offensive missile threats includes non-ballistic systems. The US will defend against advanced cruise missiles and hypersonic weapons. There is a 24-page 2019 Missile Defense Review Summary. There will be a …

direct energy weaponUS Will Have Space Based Sensors by 2023 But Will Not Deploy Space Weapons Yet

The Defense Department will continue to research and study space-based weapons like megawatt lasers, particle beams, and orbiting missiles. Michael Griffin, the defense undersecretary for research and engineering, has pushed to expand U.S. missile defenses and to enable hitting ICBMs …