Monday, November 19, 2012

Arms Race Update - Russian Lasers in Space

The Americans spent about 16-years trying to perfect an aerial laser system capable of taking down income ballistic missiles.   Russia is now pursuing what it calls space laser counter-measures.

The Russians are after a more modest target.   Instead of a laser missile shield, their initial effort is, "making inoperable adversary space vehicles’ sensors and optical electronic systems by directed laser beam impulse."

That seems to indicate that the Russians want to target American communications, command & control and spy orbital systems.    Instead of blowing them up with anti-satellite missiles, which creates a host of problems, the Russian approach is to fry them - render them deaf, mute and blind.


kootcoot said...

Mound Feller, there is something weird going on at your blog. Posts (parts of) are obscured and blanked out by fragments of other posts.

This happens in both FireFox and Chrome - I don't use IE and haven't checked out if it happens in Opera.

I could send a screenshot or two, but can't find a contact e-mail addy for the Mound. It makes it impossible to read completely some posts. For example right now on the post from Sunday the 18th, I can read the first line (about the West sinking fortunes......etc.) but then this fragment is on top of the rest down to the line that starts "enough to play the same game." It is really irritating, because I like your blog, but can't you know read it!

The Mound of Sound said...

Yeah, I know, but I can't figure out how it got corrupted or how to fix it.

It's got to have something to do with Blogger but I can't find anything on their site.

If someone has some technical advice, please pass it along.

Thanks, Koot.

kootcoot said...

The Powell River Persuader tells me (it is happening at his place also) that if you call up the post directly, singularly instead of the whole front page, that the overhanging bits disappear and the whole post can be read.