Yvonne Carts-Powell

Ready Photon Torpedos, Mr. Sulu

In science fiction, technology on April 11, 2011 at 7:17 pm

Okay, not really, because they aren’t torpedoes and this isn’t a spaceship.

On the other hand: Really! Because the US Navy just demonstrated an honest-to-god laser cannon against a boat. At-sea testing of the Maritime Laser Demonstrator showed that the solid-state high-energy laser could target and set fire to a small boat from “a safe distance”.  (Don’t they have artillery for that sort of thing?)

A few more details at: Maritime laser demonstrator.

  1. I must consider whether “fire the photon artillery” sounds as good as “fire the photon torpedoes.”

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