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edbr
04-14-2011, 05:51 AM
The Navy for the first time last week successfully tested a solid-state high-energy laser from a ship. The beam, which was aimed at a boat moving through turbulent Pacific Ocean waters, set the target's engine on fire.
should make for a interesting pirates of the Caribbean 4

domedia
04-14-2011, 01:47 PM
I saw a video not so long ago of a kid who put pieces of glass on a satellite disc. The concentrated sun beam that it created was warm enough to melt metal.

edbr
04-15-2011, 02:08 AM
i saw that on yahoo news, the us navy can use a laser to ignite an enging over a distance of miles they claim. very buck rogers but im curious if a mirror would act as a shield...
next photon torpedoes?

johnMoss
04-16-2011, 02:36 AM
i saw that on yahoo news, the us navy can use a laser to ignite an enging over a distance of miles they claim. very buck rogers but im curious if a mirror would act as a shield...


Perfectly fixed and of a very sufficient thickness, yes. On a moving (bobbing) target, not a chance...

edbr
04-16-2011, 02:39 AM
and those klingons just wont stand still long enough!!

johnMoss
04-16-2011, 03:31 AM
Insert expletives of choice...
Those ****** Somali ***** are going down.... yeah man....

edbr
04-16-2011, 06:01 AM
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/04/11/onr_mld_boat_burn/

davidj
04-18-2011, 02:54 PM
I dont understand why these oil companies don't hire security for the dangerous parts of the journey. It would be a fraction of the cost of what they pay out in ransoms.

8 rail guns positioned around the ship should do the trick

I would sign up for that job!!

edbr
04-19-2011, 01:59 AM
absolutely agree, especially in convoy