posted on Nov, 9 2004 @ 02:31 AM
I have a proposal for a solar powered space based laser to be implemented as part of the missile defense system. Currently there is talk of lasers in
the 100 kilowatt range capable of frying missiles.
If such a missile shoots a laser for a duration of 30 seconds lets say (more than enough time for a successful destruction) it will consume
approximately 3 million Joules of energy. Or the euqivalent of a 3 Megawatt laser shined for one second. So to be safe I would say a typical space
based laser would need to be on the order of 10 to 100 Megawatt capable, to ensure penetration of the earths atmosphere. Solar energy is radiated at
1300 Watts/sq meter. If we need 100 megawatts, we would require a mirror of 77,000 square meters, but this is under perfect energy conversion. Lets
assume that we have a 10 percent efficieny of conversion then we would require 770,000 square meters of solar panels. This is about a half mile, by
half mile square of paneling. While the costs of such a system would be enormous. It might pay off in the long run. I myself would generally like the
use of nuclear powered space based lasers, but with current politics, we might not get that, damn liberals(they say launching nuclear materials into
space could malfuntion and fall back to earth). With a few of these systems in space imagine the capabilities. We could shoot out a missile right on
an enemys on home land before it ever reached the US.
A myriad of these in orbit encircling the globe would give other countries like NOrth Korea a momenet to think twice.