Laser Guns: Step One

PHOTO: The Laser Weapon System (LaWS) temporarily installed aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 105) in San Diego, Calif., July 30, 2012, is a technology demonstrator built by the Naval Sea Systems Command from commercial fiber solid state

It’s portable, but still has a way to go (courtesy of John F. Williams/US Navy)

On Monday, United States Navy leaders made an announcement that could forever change the business of war. It could also bring Star Wars nerds like me one step closer to owning a laser pistol like Han Solo or a laser rifle like a Stormtrooper.

Early next year, the Navy plans to deploy their latest weapon on the USS Ponce warship: a solid-state laser capable of destroying fast-moving drones and even small boats. See it in action HERE.

And we’re not talking about some prototype, either. This thing will be ready for action as soon as it leaves port.

I guess this will have to wait (property of LucasFilm/Disney)

“The system has been tested and proven,” a defense official said of the new $31 million dollar laser system. “So while it’s going on the Ponce as a demonstration, it is a system that can be used in real-world scenarios.”

In other words, our enemies better watch out. This laser may not be perfect. It can’t bend around corners or anything, and seems to have trouble with the horizon and the Earth’s curvature. Even these could be worked out in later versions, though.

I know this technology is in its infancy and that I will likely be dead two times over before I’ll ever own a laser pistol, but a Han Solo fan can dream, right? And since technology seems to be advancing so quickly these days, it is at least possible that I could own one. Or may be killed by one, but hey… being the first victim of laser homicide has its benefits, too.

My son will have to reap them in my absence, but I’ll take what I can get!

Posted on April 10, 2013, in Perspectives and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Nothing good is going to come out of this. Has anyone done a study on the environmental impact of what is for intensive purposes a big microwave oven and will they be simultaneously nuking a million hotdogs at next years superbowl with it?

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