Laser Guns: Step One
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.
And we’re not talking about some prototype, either. This thing will be ready for action as soon as it leaves port.
“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 commentary, current-events, Laser, Navy, news, perspectives, Science and Technology, Star Wars, United States Navy, Weapon. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.