Intelgurl's article on energy weapons from last year:
EXCLUSIVE: Directed Energy Weapons, An ATS Analysis & Discussion
quote from a missing website:
Pulsed Power Facility at the Air Force Phillips Laboratories experimenting on compression of solid and quasi-spherical liners in plasma research. The
Air Force accomplished 120 thousand volts and 10 million amps down to one millionth of a second (1 Terra Watt) and 10 MJoules by 1982. This system is
also key in the study of anti-proton energy releases, ala similar to Star Trek's anti-matter drive systems...no one has such as drive, but this
system is exploring the science that might lead to such a device.
The research is done at the HERFT facility:
The last article I can find on plasma weapons is back in 2002:
Aviation Week 2002
HPM and lasers are the primary directed-energy weapons available to the military, but on the horizon is a third called a plasma weapon. A plasma
packet has mass, moves through space and has been compared with a bolt of lightning. It is slower than a laser beam or HPM spike, but it can cause
much more physical damage.
It appears that "shooting" plasma at a target, is no longer researched, or has gone over to secrecy. The last that I remember, was experiments with
lasers to open a conduit through the atmosphere for the plasma bolt, with mixed results. Current efforts, from 1995 to date, are on use of high energy
microwaves, which can create plasma at the target. Note that the plasma can be used to attack targets, disrupt communications or electronics, disable
detonators, or interrogate targets for data.
Aviation Week on current microwave created plasma
The Shiva Star was the capacitor bank used for the tests. News reports say that the newer Nova device produces more power.
Note: the internet is full of imaginary science-fiction data on "plasma weapons". Don't be fooled by them.
[edit on 22-10-2005 by ZPE StarPilot]