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Originally posted by TrueBrit
This is one of the videos I saw for the first time, right here on this website. It was very impressive, but I got to wondering if the methods used could ever be modified to provide continuous power to a craft. Seems like an awful lot of hardware to launch such a tiny object but a few feet into the air... to no particular result I might add.
"The physics of high-power beamed energy propagation through the atmosphere...there's not a lot of expertise out there to make this stuff real. It's completely out of the conventional box," Myrabo said. "I've been working on it for 30 years. I know how to do it."
For decades, Myrabo said, what laser propulsion physicists have been hungry to achieve is a couple of dollars per watt of laser energy. "We're here now. It's a matter of will and do we want to do it. This technology is now at the cusp of commercial reality." - www.space.com...
Originally posted by boondock-saint
Maybe we can finally get some use
out of some of that Star Wars budget.
Of course, it's nowhere near being ready
for production at the present time.
The real kicker is to see if the physics would still work outside of our atmosphere, say in space.
Originally posted by spikey
reply to post by Maybe...maybe not
What if the craft took an air supply with it?
I wonder if oxygen would be the best gas to use for that purpose?