posted on Sep, 20 2017 @ 05:47 PM
a reply to: face23785
The laser on the YAL-1 was a continuous wave chemical laser.
The new solid state lasers are, iirc, pulsed. This means you can get shock effects from a laser from explosive evaporation of surface material. That
can't be done with a continuous wave laser.
For what its worth, a 10 kW laser pulse, based on testing with a kelvar helmet and accelerometers was found to be enough to cause whiplash. Imagine
what something 12x as powerful might induce...
Edit: we will see if it is enough. That's the point of the test. Also put away ideas of john woo style laser blasts.
edit on 20-9-2017 by
anzha because: Freaking autocorrect correction, added caommentary