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Navy Breaks World Record With Futuristic Free-Elec

Velcroman1 (1667895) writes | more than 3 years ago

The Military 3

Velcroman1 (1667895) writes "The Navy just set a new world record, a test blast from a new type of laser that can shoot cruise missiles from the sky in seconds with a deadly accuracy that simply doesn't exist in the military’s vast arsenal today. To create incredible power requires incredible energy. After all, the more power one puts into a laser accelerator, the more powerful and precise the light beam that comes out on the other end. During a private tour of the Jefferson Lab in Newport News, VA., on Friday, saw scientists blast unprecedented levels of power into a prototype accelerator, producing a supercharged electron beam that can burn through 200 feet of steel per second. Scientists there, in coordination with the Office of Naval Research (ONR), injected a sustained 500 kilovolts (KV) of juice into a prototype accelerator where the existing limit had been 320 kV — a world’s record, the scientists explained.

“This is brand new — it has not been done before, in the world,” said Carlos Hernandez-Garcia, director of the injector and electron gun systems for the FEL (Free Electron Laser) program, who added that Friday’s breakthrough was the culmination of six years of development."

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The biggest suprise (1)

sick197666 (974586) | more than 3 years ago | (#35249762)

Is a pro-science article from Fox News. I guess military science is the exception, and the exception proves the rule.

Re:The biggest suprise (1)

sznupi (719324) | more than 3 years ago | (#35250458)

Maybe the healthcare "debate" can be framed like that - not only "hey, isn't the military & vet healthcare socialist?", also "ensuring healthy future warriors for the Empire!" (might also lead to preventative healthcare / much better diets). Hm... "Wikileaks, eliminating unfortunate inefficiencies in the process of pinpointing an enemy to destroy!"? "Social Darwinism! Let's show them what evolution means!"?

Fanatastic (1)

NSN A392-99-964-5927 (1559367) | more than 3 years ago | (#35251478)

I take it this is environmently friendly then? It is a design to oppress the world, children, wildlife and something Donald Rumsfeld would have sold to a foreign country and said they have "weapons of mass destruction".
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