Air Force Test Fires Laser

That headline is not a joke.  At Edwards Air Force base, 20 minutes from where I grew up, the Air Force has test fired their anti-missile chemical laser.

The test of the high-energy chemical laser was conducted Sunday by the contractors and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, the company said.

“The program remains on track to reach the missile shoot-down demonstration planned for 2009,” said Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager of Boeing Missile Defense Systems.

I’ve known about the Air Force laser program for a while now, but the fact that they’re actually testing it and firing the laser pretty much makes my day.  We’re still a long way off from X-Wings, but for some reason the concept of actually mounting functional laser weapons on aircraft makes me all tingly.


  1. This reminds me of the movie Real Genius. Classic 80’s nerdy scifi/comedy in Val Kilmer’s early days. Although the application in the movie is a covert offensive/assassination weapon, the general idea is the same.

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