The Airborne Laser May Rise Again But It Will Look Very Different

The Airborne Laser program can be tracked back to the Reagan years, and after billions in development dollars were spent and a custom-built 747 prototype was built, what was to be a super-weapon that could shoot down ballistic missiles over their countries of origination turned out to be a super-flop. »8/18/15 8:10pm8/18/15 8:10pm


Boeing Patents Star Trek-Like Force Field Technology For Vehicles

Force fields have been a mainstay in science fiction since just about forever. Now, the future may finally be close at hand as Boeing recently patented a "method and system for shock wave attenuation via electromagnetic arc," which aims to make invisible and instant protection from nearby explosions a reality. »3/23/15 7:35pm3/23/15 7:35pm

A Car Bumper Laser Helps Prevent Rear-End Collisions in Fog

It's one of the most passive forms of weather on the planet, but fog accounts for countless pileups and accidents on roads and highways because drivers simply can't see the cars in front of them. But this simple bumper-mounted laser promises to help remedy that by shining a bright red line on the road, 15 to 20 feet… »2/06/15 10:40am2/06/15 10:40am

Watch The Navy's First Operational Laser Cannon Blow Crap Up

The Navy's first operation laser cannon is now on active duty in Persian Gulf. Perched high above the bridge of America's Afloat Forward Staging Base, the USS Ponce, the Office of Naval Research's Laser Weapon System (LaWS) close-in weapon system has exceeded the Navy's expectations when it comes to reliability and… »12/10/14 1:35pm12/10/14 1:35pm

Drunks Point Laser At Police Chopper, Cops Coordinate Immediate Bust

Some drunk revelers at a backyard party near Birmingham, England thought it would be fun to point a laser at a helicopter flying over their house. Unfortunately for them, that helicopter belonged to the National Police Air Service, who walked a beat cop to their house with impressive efficiency. »10/26/14 2:26pm10/26/14 2:26pm

The Navy Wants to Mount an Anti-UAV Laser on a Hummer--A Hummer!

The Office of Naval Research has just announced another breakthrough in its efforts to bring laser-based weapons to future battlefields. What once could only be accommodated by a tractor trailer now fits neatly in the back seat of a Humvee. It's only a matter of time until our armed forces march off to war with GI… »6/17/14 2:26pm6/17/14 2:26pm

Hobby Drones As Guided Bombs And The Rise Of Laser Defense Systems

"Drones" are changing the world's view of aviation rapidly. At first, larger models such as the Predator and Global Hawk took center-stage in the public's consciousness, but now small unmanned aircraft, some the size of lunchbox or even smaller, are capturing the public's imagination and keeping defense and homeland… »5/01/14 12:13pm5/01/14 12:13pm