posted on Dec, 19 2012 @ 03:15 PM
Monast seems pretty full of bovine poo just on the face of it. That's not counting the many technical flaws in his PBB babble. Oh, and there aren't
any "hologram projectors", satellite based or no. That stuff on Star Trek and Star Wars? Total fiction.
If you knew how holograms worked, it might seem a bit less plausible. Alas, the educational system can barely get kids through basic algebra and a bit
of grammar, much less any real science.
Given the timing of Monast's PBB revelation, though, I won't say he made it up totally from two Roddenberry scripts, although there is a lot of them
in his story. There WAS a project to do something similar, not on a planetary scale, but something more local, say over a battlefield. It didn't
work, none of its successors worked either, and you (finally) rarely see any bid requests for that sort of thing anymore. That said, one part of it
DID work, and while you couldn't get a free-floating daylight visible image with rear surface culling and the like, you could actually do a floating
ball of fire that talked - the audio part of it had a nasty bit you couldn't be rid of, and that was a visible manifestation of the plasma bloom that
made the sound. You had a choice of a lower temperature version that was white and flickered, or red/brown flame looking from NO2 production in the
focus. And the voice was awful, all buzzy and distorted, but hey, it did work, sort of, was fielded, the two protos went to Stuttgart in 1991, and
were shelved. Bush I decided not to use it because GWI was over before it got going good.
So, I guess if you're really convinced by something that sounds like a talking chainsaw from a ball of brown smoke in the air, then that system will
knock your socks off.