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Wed Feb 27, 2013, 02:31 PM

 

Cal Poly professor working on an asteroid-blasting laser

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Source: McClatchy Newspapers

Who knew that the future of life on Earth might hinge on the calculations of a statistics professor at Cal Poly?

Gary B. Hughes and cohort Phillip M. Lubin, a physicist at UCSB, are working on a solar-powered laser that will melt icy asteroids that are on a collision course with Earth.

Needless to say, their work has taken on added impetus in light of the meteor that smacked Russia earlier this month the same day that an asteroid the size of half a football field missed Earth by a cosmic eyelash of 17,000 miles.

The system, called DE-STAR (for Directed Energy Solar Targeting of Asteroids and exploRation) is ambitious to the nth degree but doable, say the two scientists.



Read more: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/02/27/184335/cal-poly-professor-working-on.html

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Reply Cal Poly professor working on an asteroid-blasting laser (Original post)
Mason Kennedy Feb 2013 OP
Ian David Feb 2013 #1
ThoughtCriminal Feb 2013 #5
srican69 Feb 2013 #2
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truthisfreedom Feb 2013 #4
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Response to Mason Kennedy (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 02:34 PM

1. We're going to need to find a really big shark to attach this laser beam to its head. n/t

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Response to Ian David (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 02:52 PM

5. No, you're confused

This is the Alan Parsons Project

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Response to Mason Kennedy (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 02:35 PM

2. I will pay him $1000 to turn it towards the NRA HQ. NT

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Response to Mason Kennedy (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 02:41 PM

3. 'DE-STAR 4 would be an orbiter of some 10 kilometers in diameter '

yeah right, we'll just whip up a 10 mile wide spaceship and mount the laser canon on that



better yet, Battlestar ISS

'pew-pew-pew'








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Response to Mason Kennedy (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 02:43 PM

4. What could possibly go wrong?

Hacked by Chinese, pointed at us...

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Response to Mason Kennedy (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 02:52 PM

6. Locking - not breaking news

This is a feature article. This has been published elsewhere several weeks ago.
http://www.physics.ucsb.edu/news/announcement/870-021513

Please re-post in another forum such as Good Reads or the Science group.

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