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[Wired] Navy laser sets ship on fire

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Video of the demonstration.
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With clouds overhead in the salty air, irritable Pacific waves swelled to up to four feet. Perfect conditions, in other words, for the Navy to fry a small boat with a laser beam — a major step toward its futuristic arsenal of ray guns.

Researchers mounted the Maritime Laser Demonstrator, a solid-state laser, aboard the USS Paul Foster, a decommissioned destroyer. Off the central California coast near San Nicholas Island on Wednesday, the laser fired a 15-kilowatt beam at an inflatable motorboat a mile away as both ships moved through the sea. As the above video shows, there was a flash on the boat’s outboard engines, igniting both of them in seconds, and leaving the ship dead in the choppy waters.
    
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Can we use this during rush hour?
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Do Never mess with the US Navy...


And if they are letting you know about this technology, think about what they won't show you.

Cool stuff!
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post #4 of 119
the quote makes it sound a lot more exciting than it really is.

I went into the video expecting a 5-foot wide beam to envelop the craft and gradually melt the plastic but they just aimed at the engine housing until it was on fire.
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Now everyone has an excellent excuse to wrap all their boats in tin foil.
    
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That was, how can I put it, boring?
 
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"5000 year old technology called a "mirror" used as effective counter to multi billion dollar navy ships equipped with lasers beams."
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Quote:
Originally Posted by dmreeves;13052221 
"5000 year old technology called a "mirror" used as effective counter to multi billion dollar navy ships equipped with lasers beams."

Archimedes FTW!
 
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i'll take 2, both mounted in my car.
    
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doh.gif

And this cost how much?
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