Navy Breaks World Record With Futuristic Laser

February 20, 2011
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From Fox:

The Navy just set a new world record, a test blast from a new type of laser that can shoot cruise missiles from the sky in seconds with a deadly accuracy that simply doesn’t exist in the military’s vast arsenal today.

And that new record moved them one step closer to proving the “holy grail” of laser guns is real.

To create incredible power requires incredible energy. After all, the more power one puts into a laser accelerator, the more powerful and precise the light beam that comes out on the other end. During a private tour of the Jefferson Lab in Newport News, VA., on Friday, FoxNews.com saw scientists blast unprecedented levels of power into a prototype accelerator, producing a supercharged electron beam that can burn through 20 feet of steel per second.

Scientists there, in coordination with the Office of Naval Research (ONR), injected a sustained 500 kilovolts (KV) of juice into a prototype accelerator where the existing limit had been 320 kV — a world’s record, the scientists explained.

“This is brand new — it has not been done before, in the world,” said Carlos Hernandez-Garcia, director of the injector and electron gun systems for the FEL (Free Electron Laser) program, who added that Friday’s breakthrough was the culmination of six years of development.

Mr. Spock – set phasers to “incinerate”…

37 Responses to Navy Breaks World Record With Futuristic Laser

  1. Mr Evilwrench on February 20, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    But… but… Star Wars is unpossible! We will never be able to shoot down a missile! Those scientists told that Reagan guy that back in the 80’s, and you know scientists are never wrong! I mean, look at all this gorebull warmening!

  2. rightwingyahoo on February 20, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Anyone see the new Stat Trek last year? I liked it the basic plot and characters, even though the black hole stuff made absolutely no sense.

    It’s astonishing, you’d think in a 200 million dollar movie, they could have some budget for even the most basic scientific review to get the silliness out.

    Anyway, if you could ignore that part, it was a pretty good movie……

  3. rightwingyahoo on February 20, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    Gah. Star Trek, not Stet Track, oy…….

  4. L. on February 20, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    We’re broke.

    Eliminate the program.

    Right?

  5. rightwingyahoo on February 20, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Well, it’ll have to be cut back, like everything else.

    Are you seriously going to make the argument that we must run yearly 1.5 trillion deficits?

    Or are you going to say we can squeeze another 1.5 trillion out of the private sector every year?

    Either way, batshit crazy……

  6. anonymous un-RINO on February 20, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    I’ll be glad to eliminate 20% of that program, lefty.

  7. L. on February 20, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    No. Eliminate the entire Jefferson Lab in Newport News, VA.

  8. anonymous un-RINO on February 20, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Fair enough. Then you eliminate the Department of Education.

  9. rightwingyahoo on February 20, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Oh quit your silly weeping, you goddamed lying communist…..

  10. anonymous un-RINO on February 20, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    I’ll see your cut and raise you, any time you want, lefty.

    Problem is, you want the government to grow.

  11. L. on February 20, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Fair enough. Then you eliminate the Department of Education.

    The Jefferson Lab in Newport News equals the Department of Education?

  12. rightwingyahoo on February 20, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    One of ours, for one of yours, commie. The only reason it’s that big, is because your lot can never get enough regulatory authority, even though it’s nowhere in the constitution.

  13. Edward on February 20, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Ahhh… I see our little little lefty has moved to this thread.

    Jefferson Lab budget is about 80 million and produced a groundbreaking laser…. just what did we get from the stimulus package? Surely the stimulus generated 10,000 times as much as JLab….. right?

  14. Edward on February 20, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    please come back L……

    I’ll play big bad terrorist and you can cower…….. There’s a game you should be good at.

    American Left: Cowering before terrorists; killing the innocent unborn.

  15. KnuckleDraggin'NeoCon on February 21, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Haaa.. “L” got scared away.

    Pussy!

  16. L. on February 21, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    I’ll play big bad terrorist…

    If you wish. You can even wear a burqa.

  17. L. on February 21, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Say what, KDNC?

  18. edward on February 21, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    L is BACK!!

    Have a good day? How’s the weather in your part of the world? Have a chance to surrender to any terrorists? Help kill any babies…. oops my bad….. help any women make the CHOICE to murder their child?

    American Left: Cowering before terrorists; killing the innocent unborn.

  19. Roland Phillips on February 22, 2011 at 6:44 am

    L is obviously afraid of Ed

    More specifically, L cannot defend his silly hypocrisy and he knows it. So he runs away like a coward after he gets smacked upside the head with his own idiotic statements.

    Sucks to be you, L

    I know you’ll cower away from even more threads, you craven baby killer. It’s your way.

  20. L. on February 22, 2011 at 7:32 am

    L is obviously afraid of Ed, blah, blah, blah…

    Naw.

    Wow, Roland, push yourself away from the keyboard and get outside.

    Get some air.

  21. Roland Phillips on February 22, 2011 at 7:46 am

    More idiocy from the craven troll ‘L’

    You’re habit of dodging questions and slinking away is evident on this board troll. Hey, if you don’t want to be known as spineless, then defend you silly liberal idiocy instead of just throwing rocks like a child and running away giggling like the childish coward that we all know you to be.

    Oh that’s right; you don’t answer questions or put forth facts to support your idiocy because you know that you cannot defend the childishly stupid assertions that you make. Do you practice your astounding stupidity, or does it just come natural to you?

    Run along baby killer.

  22. L. on February 22, 2011 at 8:57 am

    You’re habit of dodging questions and slinking away is evident on this board troll.

    Wow, you seem to know me, but I can’t recall “Roland Phillips”. What name(s) do you also post under? Or have you chosen to attack me as your first posts on the board?

    then defend you silly liberal idiocy

    Leading statement. Why should I respond to a leading statement?

    you cannot defend the childishly stupid assertions

    Another leading statement. And you wonder why I don’t respond to posters like you.

    Do you practice your astounding stupidity, or does it just come natural to you?

    Hilarious. See above.

    baby killer.

    The abortion card. I don’t have a dog in that fight.

  23. L. on February 22, 2011 at 9:04 am

    And one more thing, just because I make lots of baseless assertions, without any facts or sources, doesn’t mean that I’m afraid. Lot’s of other trolls on this site make baseless assertions that they cannot possibly prove. Why do I always get hammered on every time I throw out my fact-less talking points? This is why we need the fairness doctrine!

    You people have ruined my day! 😥

  24. L. on February 22, 2011 at 9:28 am

    ^Hilarious. The coward using my name knows the code for frowny faces!

  25. Pluto on February 22, 2011 at 10:48 am

    ^Hilarious. The real L. has stolen my sockpuppet name

    It was my sockpuppet first! give it back.

  26. Warner (aka: fake L) on February 22, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Sorry bout that L. (er, I mean pluto).
    Stealing the work of others is what I do

  27. L. on February 22, 2011 at 10:58 am

    ^Hilarious. How many versions of me are there?

    I’m confused.

  28. L. on February 22, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Oh, this is getting ridiculous. Now, I don’t know who to ignore.

  29. L. on February 22, 2011 at 11:10 am

    And so, let the games begin.

  30. L. on February 22, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    American Left: Cowering before terrorists; killing the innocent unborn

    Yeah, so what? At least we on the left are trying new things!

  31. L. on February 22, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Jefferson Lab budget is about 80 million and produced a groundbreaking laser…. just what did we get from the stimulus package? Surely the stimulus generated 10,000 times as much as JLab….. right?
    Ed

    Okay, so the stimulus didn’t produce anything.

    Big deal, at least we’re trying new things!

    Say Ed, do you think that fancy new laser could help Planned Parenthood to abort more babies? Maybe slice them out of the womb from space or something? If so, then hmmm.. maybe we could finally find some common ground. You know how I love killing babies!

  32. L. on February 22, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Warner…Pluto

    Wow. You are obsessed not just with me. Good to know that it obsession wasn’t personal.

  33. L. on February 22, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Good to know that it obsession wasn’t personal

    ^Hilarious, since you insist upon stealing my name.

    Seriously, you need to get a life.

  34. L. on February 22, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Whose name did I steal?

  35. L. on February 22, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    ^ WingNut steals so many names, he can’t keep track.

    Good to know that your obsession wasn’t personal.

  36. Edward on February 22, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    Okay, so the stimulus didn’t produce anything.

    Big deal, at least we’re trying new things!

    Shrugs shoulders, hey it was only a TRILLION dollars….. not like it was REAL money.

  37. Roland Phillips on February 23, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    “I know you’ll cower away from even more threads”
    February 22nd, 2011 at 6:44 am

    Yup!

    Exactly as I predicted, the sniveling L. cowered away from the thread with his tail between his legs.

    Predictable coward.