Sunday, July 25, 2010
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
- Able to stay in the air for three weeks
- Capable of withstanding small arms fire
- No crew
- Operates at 20,000 feet
- Flies at speeds of up to 80 knots (around 90mph)
A newly-developed heat-ray gun that burns the skin but doesn't cause permanent injury is now with US troops in Afghanistan.
The Active Denial System (ADS) is a non-lethal weapon designed to disperse violent crowds and repel enemies.
I wonder if they can turn it up a notch? And I wonder if this started with Tesla's work?
Finally we have "Anti-aircraft laser unveiled at Farnborough Airshow".
US firm Raytheon has unveiled its anti-aircraft laser at the Farnborough Airshow in Hampshire.
The Laser Close-In Weapon System (CIWS) can either be used on its own or alongside a gunnery system.
In May, the laser was used to shoot down unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in a series of tests.This system is already installed in many ships, both in the US and other Nato nations, such as the Royal Navy. The firm is also working on a sister land based system that can be used to target mortar and rocket rounds. Airbases in Afghanistan, the Green Zone in Baghdad or the border with Gaza and Israel could all potentially use something like this. "We're still some way off being able to take out an [Intercontinental Ballistic Missile] missile with laser technology, but we're on the path to that," he added.
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Did You Know? Bighead carp grow to 100 pounds, have no stomach and eat up to 40% of their bodyweight every day, eliminating food supplies for native fish and causing their populations to crash. The Great Lakes generate billions in economic activity that mean thousands of jobs for Michigan residents. Stopping Asian carp is an economic necessity for Michigan. We will not have a second chance once they enter the Great Lakes.