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.
In one of the largest single incidents of its kind, some piece-of-shit human being(s) pointed a bunch of lasers at planes flying over New Jersey last night.
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.
The engine of this old Ford F-150 was surgically blasted to oblivion from more than a mile away by a 30-kilowatt fiber laser weapon system called ATHENA made by security and aerospace outfit Lockheed Martin. ...Yikes.
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…
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…
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.
Defense giant Lockheed Martin, Notre Dame University, DARPA and the Air Force Research Lab have begun flight testing a streamlined and greatly miniaturized airborne laser turret that has the potential to totally transform air combat as we understand it today.
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…
"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…
Not content to simply upstage sealed-beam headlamps that date back to Thomas Edison with LED arrays, BMW has laid out plans to hopscotch over LEDs with laser headlamps. These are the first pictures showing how lasers could some day light the road.
A new report from Munich reveals that, while Audi was busy trying to shove 300 LEDs into the snout of an A7, BMW's been working on the real future: laser headlights. My cat is going to flip out.
Like Jello molds, spark plugs haven't changed much since their invention 150 years ago. Now, researchers say they can use lasers to ignite an internal combustion engine's fuel/air mixture far more efficiently than spark plugs. Vaporware or the next big thing?
The Air Force has successfully fired a plane-based laser at the hood of a test car, successfully melting it. It's like the plot of Real Genius come to life!
Ford is working with Liverpool University to develop a laser-based ignition system purportedly more efficient than the tried-and-true spark plug. Plus, it'll only cost one hundred
November's the target date for the next DARPA Challenge, but it's not stopping some of the teams from trying to snag some publicity in the interim. The next Challenge, an urban city course, is drawing less of the "utility vehicles" than the off-road challenge. That's why VW's showing off at the London Science Museum…