View Full Version : Orbital Laser Weapons
January 31st, 2004, 05:19 PM
What kind of TL would be needed in order for the US to have a system of orbiting laser-armed satellites capable of wiping out buildings by 1995? How would world politics change now that the US has a relatively "clean" WMD?
January 31st, 2004, 05:41 PM
well first u would need technology way more advanced then we currently have. In fact I don't know if its possible for lassers to blow up a building from space as their would be to much interference such as dust and clouds and things like that.
January 31st, 2004, 08:36 PM
You also have to figure that as soon as these things are made public nations are going to go ape shit, and traditionally paranoid and/or less than friendly (DPRK, China, Iran, Iraq assuming its not occupied, and like) are going to have heart attacks and will be pressuring us to get rid of them and/or try to get there own.
February 2nd, 2004, 06:13 PM
The lack of an atmosphere would help space to space range, but diffraction would still put an upper limit.
February 3rd, 2004, 12:07 AM
Plasma packets or directed energy might work better for the effects you want. That said, i suspect that everyone would be frantically pressing their own efforts at deploying such weapons, which the US had better prevent, or else.
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