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VIDEO: Ballistic Missile Destroyed by Laser

Last week, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency's Airborne Laser Testbed (ALTB) took out a test missile over the Pacific ocean. The missile was launched from an at-sea mobile launch platform and within seconds, the ALTB used onboard sensors to detect the boosting missile and used a low-energy laser to track the target. A second low-energy laser was fired to measure and compensate for atmospheric disturbance before the ALTB finally fired its megawatt-class High Energy Laser, heating the boosting ballistic missile to critical structural failure. The entire engagement occurred within two minutes of the target missile launch, while its rocket motors were still thrusting.

Up until now, only pictures of the event were available. Today, we have video. Check it out below.

  • Tell me why this is useful? Why are we spending so much money on defense when it isn't necessary and instead focus on things like green/reusable energy, things that will actually become important once the oil crash hits.
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  • drakefyre
    It's useful because Iran could and probably is developing nuclear weapons. With lasers you can actually destroy attacking missiles before they strike. I am sure nobody wants nukes hitting their country.
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  • liquid0h
    If they added the sharks, that would top this off...
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  • maban
    Damn, I wanted the missile to win.
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  • foody
    jinxyjooTell me why this is useful? Why are we spending so much money on defense when it isn't necessary and instead focus on things like green/reusable energy, things that will actually become important once the oil crash hits.Good point, why would we ever want to defend ourselves?
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  • Honis
    jinxyjooTell me why this is useful? Why are we spending so much money on defense when it isn't necessary and instead focus on things like green/reusable energy, things that will actually become important once the oil crash hits.If it makes you feel any better, the defense budget last year had 2 of these planes cut before production began. I for one can't wait till the technology makes it into fighters and replaces ballistic systems with this insanely accurate form of annihilation.

    Also, in before mirror missile. (Little secret, they wont work due to defects found in even the most perfectly made mirrors.)
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  • fpsdominator
    jinxyjooTell me why this is useful? Why are we spending so much money on defense when it isn't necessary and instead focus on things like green/reusable energy, things that will actually become important once the oil crash hits.
    We wouldn't have to worry about renewable energy if you tree hugging liberals let the U.S use Nuclear Power Plants. Its free Energy!!! Why not use it???
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  • zoemayne
    This is good hopefully we can use lasers to replace patriot missiles. Remember those!?
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  • zoemayne
    jinxyjooTell me why this is useful? Why are we spending so much money on defense when it isn't necessary and instead focus on things like green/reusable energy, things that will actually become important once the oil crash hits.North Korea already has nuclear missiles. And they are the most serious threat IMO. Iran is more of a threat to Israel.
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  • SpinachEater
    Wow, you know this is going into a satellite next
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