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http://io9.com/lockheed-takes-a-major-step-toward-bringing-lasers-to-t-1512304478

Lockheed takes a major step toward bringing lasers to the battlefield

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Defense contractor Lockheed Martin has successfully demonstrated a 30-kilowatt fiber optic laser for military applications. It's one of the most powerful lasers ever seen — and a major step forward to getting directed-energy weapons on the battlefield.

Described as a "weapons grade" laser, the 30-kilowatt beam combines many fiber lasers operating a slightly different wavelengths into a single "near perfect" band of light. Lockheed says the upgraded system produced the highest power ever documented while still retaining beam quality and electrical efficiency and using 50% less electrical power than solid-state lasers.

Eventually, these systems could be installed on military platforms such as aircraft, helicopters, ships, and trucks.

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"The high-energy laser serves as the heart of a laser weapon system," said Ray O. Johnson, senior vice president and chief technology officer of Lockheed Martin. "This 30-kilowatt milestone shows our commitment to producing the high-beam quality and high power needed to address a variety of military 'speed-of-light' defensive operations."

Ideally, a high power 100-kilowatt system will be required to effectively destroy military targets like enemy artillery or drones. It'll also have to maintain near-perfect beam quality over long distances. What's more, electrical efficiency will be crucial to ensuring the system can be cooled effectively and made manageable in size.

Working with Aculight, Lockheed is currently working to develop a 60-kilowatt laser.

Back in May of last year, the company tested its Lockheed Martin Area Defense Anti-munitions (ADAM) prototype laser. Watch as it destroys a Qassam-like rocket target:

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Like this isn't for fighting aliens," needed to address a variety of military 'speed-of-light' defensive operation's ",

Also I wonder what these people could have done with all this time and money if they had spent it on something a little better.... like curing cancer or ending world hunger blah blah

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Like this isn't for fighting aliens," needed to address a variety of military 'speed-of-light' defensive operation's ",

Also I wonder what these people could have done with all this time and money if they had spent it on something a little better.... like curing cancer or ending world hunger blah blah

those are completely different skills altogether, there is no way a weapons designer could even begin to start working on curing cancer or ending world hunger...
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no, i'm not sure I do...

you can't just throw money at a problem in the hopes that it resolves itself, especially if you are throwing it at the wrong people.

He wishes , like many other people, that our species would devote its energy and resources to curing disease and fixing the problems we face rather than developing new ways to kill each other.

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Like this isn't for fighting aliens," needed to address a variety of military 'speed-of-light' defensive operation's ",

Also I wonder what these people could have done with all this time and money if they had spent it on something a little better.... like curing cancer or ending world hunger blah blah

There have been a very large number of advancements in military tech that have had civilian uses as well. As Im sure this new laser development will have many non military applications down the road. Theres more than a few industries that would benefit greatly from a new high end laser cutting tool. Possibly one that can cut from long distances away.

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what kind of distance can they get out of this or would be reasonable to expect in the next few versions ie the 60kw one they want to make ? because if it is significant like say 160km a nice low earth orbit i could see these attached to satellites, now that would be scary, imagine if it is powerful enough to vaporize a human = Silent assassination from above.

Heck maybe Dr Evil can use it to cut the moon in half.

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what kind of distance can they get out of this or would be reasonable to expect in the next few versions ie the 60kw one they want to make ? because if it is significant like say 160km a nice low earth orbit i could see these attached to satellites, now that would be scary, imagine if it is powerful enough to vaporize a human = Silent assassination from above.

Heck maybe Dr Evil can use it to cut the moon in half.

The Alan Parsons Project?

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Like this isn't for fighting aliens," needed to address a variety of military 'speed-of-light' defensive operation's ",

Also I wonder what these people could have done with all this time and money if they had spent it on something a little better.... like curing cancer or ending world hunger blah blah

The Manhattan Project led to breakthroughs that eventually were used for the treatment of cancer.

Advancements in military technology isn't just exclusively for use in the military. HDTV's, the internet, satellites.... all military stuff that eventually found its way to the civilians sector. How do you quantify the amount of progress or lives saved from stuff like those listed above?

As for the laser weapon, I guess if it works, it pretty much screws up the battle plans that China has been prepping for the last decade. Knowing they can't compete with the US in air fighter technology or even in naval warfare, they've been pouring tons of money to their missile technology. Estimates has been made that they have enough to neutralize US air bases in Okinawa and the 7th Fleet almost instantly, making the path clear to invade Taiwan.

Now the US with this laser....

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The Manhattan Project led to breakthroughs that eventually were used for the treatment of cancer.

Advancements in military technology isn't just exclusively for use in the military. HDTV's, the internet, satellites.... all military stuff that eventually found its way to the civilians sector. How do you quantify the amount of progress or lives saved from stuff like those listed above?

As for the laser weapon, I guess if it works, it pretty much screws up the battle plans that China has been prepping for the last decade. Knowing they can't compete with the US in air fighter technology or even in naval warfare, they've been pouring tons of money to their missile technology. Estimates has been made that they have enough to neutralize US air bases in Okinawa and the 7th Fleet almost instantly, making the path clear to invade Taiwan.

Now the US with this laser....

Using missiles to sink the 7th fleet wouldnt leave the path clear to anything except a massive retaliation on an epic never before seen scale.

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The Manhattan Project led to breakthroughs that eventually were used for the treatment of cancer.

Advancements in military technology isn't just exclusively for use in the military. HDTV's, the internet, satellites.... all military stuff that eventually found its way to the civilians sector. How do you quantify the amount of progress or lives saved from stuff like those listed above?

As for the laser weapon, I guess if it works, it pretty much screws up the battle plans that China has been prepping for the last decade. Knowing they can't compete with the US in air fighter technology or even in naval warfare, they've been pouring tons of money to their missile technology. Estimates has been made that they have enough to neutralize US air bases in Okinawa and the 7th Fleet almost instantly, making the path clear to invade Taiwan.

Now the US with this laser....

Oppenheimer was a tortured soul after the bomb was dropped , here is an excerpt from an article written about him

" For Oppenheimer embodied two of the highest human types, the theoretical man described by Aristotle as god-like for living in the mind, among changeless truths, and the paragon of Machiavellian virtue, god-like in commanding the power of life and death over other men. No theoretical man before Oppenheimer had known such lordly power. In certain high moments he approached that Aristotelian theoretical purity which lives for the joys of knowing the world, whatever it might prove to be; in another light he thrilled at that Machiavellian power and its attendant renown; in contrary moods he reviled himself for the suffering he brought into the world, and ached to renounce his distinction and to be merely another man among men. Perhaps no theoretical man can be equal to such a burden: to feel knowledge as power when one’s mind reshapes the world irrevocably, to see the light of truth as the agent of some dark majesty, is not grace but ordeal. Oppenheimer’s agony tore him open from top to bottom. More important than any political dispute his biographers may hope to re-animate or even to settle is a sense of that agony: what it means to be a man desiring scientific and political and moral greatness and living out the crucial ideas and struggles of our time, which pierce like knives, and rend the flesh and the spirit, and allow not a moment’s relief".

But hey lets keep on making the same mistakes, thats what human beings do best.

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