posted on May, 21 2008 @ 12:28 AM
(Writing on my iPhone, gonna be loaded with errors
I beleive to be possible, but there's three limiting factors:
Such a device would require "28th century" fuel cell technology, and will be beyond our capabilities for quite some time. Nuclear power would seem
to be an immediate option, however, the space required for such a process would be rather un-portable. Maintenance would be a different matter
Electromagnetic fields could be generated to encourage a "lightening bolt" to follow an elongated parabolic path. Hundreds/thousands of "lightening
bolts" could be generated to create a visibly "solid" cylinder of energy, although getting this flailing nightmare around without coming into
contact with metal could be quite a chore.
Yes, a lightsaber would be BOSS at CQB, but we've got to look at the bigger picture here. It would be incredibly limited to the most "close" of
fighting, anything beyond 2 metres fighting distance and the user is kaput. Katana's are amazing at CQB, yet why does SAS prefer MP5's and M4's to
katana's? Range. Battlefields are ever changing environents, and CQB encouters often turn Ito chasing targets down alleyways and exchanging sniper
fire. Another problem with lightsaber would be maintenace. All the tiny little crystals, tubes, and buttons would be prone to failure, and field
stripping would become the greatest nightmare known to man (After Britney Spears' you-know-what)
All in all, lightsabers are possible, but will never find their niche in a variable combat environent.