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Army creates new lightning weapon!!!!

 
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Army creates new lightning weapon!!!!
Today's military lasers can blind spy satellites or burn enemy vehicles, but tomorrow's could guide lightning bolts to strike and destroy battlefield targets.

A U.S. Army lab is testing how lasers can create an energized plasma channel in the air an invisible pathway for electricity to follow. The laser-guided lightning weapon could precisely hit targets such as enemy tanks or unexploded roadside bombs, because such targets represent better conductors for electricity than the ground.

"We never got tired of the lightning bolts zapping our simulated (targets)," said George Fischer, lead scientist on the project at the U.S. Army's Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center at Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey.




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Re: Army creates new lightning weapon!!!!
So how many unemployed Americans is this going to put back to work?
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which goes to show they are controlling the weather
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thank god they are on our side cruise
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Re: Army creates new lightning weapon!!!!
'It puts out more power than a large city needs ... for two-trillionths of a second.'

- George Fischer, lead scientist on the project


HOW ABOUT USE THIS TECH TO POWER A CITY!?
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lightning started the colorado fires!
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Cool as fuck!
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If this is what they are releasing to the public you can guarantee what they are really working on is advanced way beyond this.
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Re: Army creates new lightning weapon!!!!
'It puts out more power than a large city needs ... for two-trillionths of a second.'

- George Fischer, lead scientist on the project


HOW ABOUT USE THIS TECH TO POWER A CITY!?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 5614446


That would be cool, if you would be so kind as to provide a way to store this energy in this little time?
There aren't big enough batteries let alone capacitors to get the energy regulated and put into the "battery"
But if you know a way PM me, I won't tell anyone else (but I'll put it to paper and sell it right away ;)
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'It puts out more power than a large city needs ... for two-trillionths of a second.'

- George Fischer, lead scientist on the project


HOW ABOUT USE THIS TECH TO POWER A CITY!?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 5614446


Hmm, if it's economical it would be the thing. Still I can (don't stone me) see Brief's point. This is obviously a Tesla application
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Bet you could start a fire with that.
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In all seriousness folks. There is another side to this.

I hope it turns into something good and/or peaceful, but I'm pretty sure it's not.
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Bet you could start a fire with that.
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Today's military lasers can blind spy satellites or burn enemy vehicles, but tomorrow's could guide lightning bolts to strike and destroy battlefield targets.

A U.S. Army lab is testing how lasers can create an energized plasma channel in the air an invisible pathway for electricity to follow. The laser-guided lightning weapon could precisely hit targets such as enemy tanks or unexploded roadside bombs, because such targets represent better conductors for electricity than the ground.

"We never got tired of the lightning bolts zapping our simulated (targets)," said George Fischer, lead scientist on the project at the U.S. Army's Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center at Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey.




'It puts out more power than a large city needs ... for two-trillionths of a second.'

- George Fischer, lead scientist on the project


The weapon idea mimics the way that lightning leaps from thunderclouds to strike the ground the electricity follows the path of least resistance, Fischer explained.

Army researchers used an "ultra-short-pulse laser of modest energy" that keeps the laser beam focused through its own intensity. The laser's electro-magnetic field can harvest electrons from air molecules to create the plasma pathway for electricity to follow.

"During the duration of the laser pulse, it can be putting out more power than a large city needs, but the pulse only lasts for two-trillionths of a second," Fischer said.

Such a "laser-induced plasma channel" could also direct high-powered microwave pulses as well as electricity, according to a 2009 Wired article. Microwave pulses have already become weapons in Air Force missiles used to burn out the electronic systems of air defense centers, military jets or drones.

Army soldiers may not get to target enemies with Zeus-like lightning bolts anytime soon the technology remains a lab prototype. But the idea joins a growing arsenal of possible futuristic weapons such as the Navy's railgun superweapon capable of hurling hypersonic projectiles over 50 to 100 miles, or the Army's hypersonic weapon for striking targets anywhere on Earth within an hour.


[link to www.foxnews.com]
 Quoting: Nostril Domus

Not new. Been around for a very long time. They're only mentioning it now, because they'll likely use it (and a whole lot more) in the next war.
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thank god they are on our side cruise
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So this dude posts full article and everyone responds to it...and I get red for it and my post gets recycled.

It's whatever. Glad the info got out. :P
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'It puts out more power than a large city needs ... for two-trillionths of a second.'

- George Fischer, lead scientist on the project


HOW ABOUT USE THIS TECH TO POWER A CITY!?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 5614446


same thoughts here
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old tech. I knew about this ever since the 90's 007 game where Bond's watch was able to emit a taser by superheating the air into a plasma via a laser, and then discharging electricity.
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Re: Army creates new lightning weapon!!!!
'It puts out more power than a large city needs ... for two-trillionths of a second.'

- George Fischer, lead scientist on the project


HOW ABOUT USE THIS TECH TO POWER A CITY!?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 5614446


same thoughts here
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 16655196
right, well that wouldn't help them if they're trying to immobilize me as much as possible.
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Re: Army creates new lightning weapon!!!!
Today's military lasers can blind spy satellites or burn enemy vehicles, but tomorrow's could guide lightning bolts to strike and destroy battlefield targets.

A U.S. Army lab is testing how lasers can create an energized plasma channel in the air an invisible pathway for electricity to follow. The laser-guided lightning weapon could precisely hit targets such as enemy tanks or unexploded roadside bombs, because such targets represent better conductors for electricity than the ground.

"We never got tired of the lightning bolts zapping our simulated (targets)," said George Fischer, lead scientist on the project at the U.S. Army's Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center at Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey.




'It puts out more power than a large city needs ... for two-trillionths of a second.'

- George Fischer, lead scientist on the project


The weapon idea mimics the way that lightning leaps from thunderclouds to strike the ground the electricity follows the path of least resistance, Fischer explained.

Army researchers used an "ultra-short-pulse laser of modest energy" that keeps the laser beam focused through its own intensity. The laser's electro-magnetic field can harvest electrons from air molecules to create the plasma pathway for electricity to follow.

"During the duration of the laser pulse, it can be putting out more power than a large city needs, but the pulse only lasts for two-trillionths of a second," Fischer said.

Such a "laser-induced plasma channel" could also direct high-powered microwave pulses as well as electricity, according to a 2009 Wired article. Microwave pulses have already become weapons in Air Force missiles used to burn out the electronic systems of air defense centers, military jets or drones.

Army soldiers may not get to target enemies with Zeus-like lightning bolts anytime soon the technology remains a lab prototype. But the idea joins a growing arsenal of possible futuristic weapons such as the Navy's railgun superweapon capable of hurling hypersonic projectiles over 50 to 100 miles, or the Army's hypersonic weapon for striking targets anywhere on Earth within an hour.


[link to www.foxnews.com]
 Quoting: Nostril Domus


The military has had these weapons for some time now. Electro-lasers are nothing new!
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Yea they only let you see a little of the jeanie out of the bottle ...so funny ..imagine what they really have .. and imagine what the aliens are afraid of ..
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THE WUNDERWAFFLE DG2 :D
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this is probably the "lightning" causing all the fires everywhere... nice.
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Re: Army creates new lightning weapon!!!!
Early 19th Century South African Boer prophet Seiner van Rensburg reportedly saw something like this.

Quote from article:
It is a chilling experience to read about his predictions in 1920 of this coming Third and Final War at the beginning of the 21st century when the armies of the world will use what he called "terrible electrical rays that sow death and destruction from above and below, and soak the earth in blood"

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[link to www.dailymail.co.uk]
Just one any....

The first symptom of stupidity is to think that we already know everything...

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'It puts out more power than a large city needs ... for two-trillionths of a second.'

- George Fischer, lead scientist on the project


HOW ABOUT USE THIS TECH TO POWER A CITY!?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 5614446


Hmm, if it's economical it would be the thing. Still I can (don't stone me) see Brief's point. This is obviously a Tesla application
 Quoting: dschis1000


Unless they can figure out how to bill you for this, it will never see the ligh of day unfortunatly.

Free Tesla tech now hf
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Shocking news
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testing it in colorado





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