Re: eeyore and tigger

From: Spike Jones (
Date: Tue Jun 13 2000 - 20:03:28 MDT

John Clark wrote:

> The difference is that heavier than air flight does not become more difficult
> as time progresses but an effective anti-Missile system does.

In this I beg to differ. Reentry vehicles do not change much with time,
cannot be made to go much faster [without burning up] The development
has made possible laser antimissile defense is... faster computers.
make possible more effective feedback and control loops. The lasers
themselves have not changed that much, but the adaptive optics, which
focus and guide the beams to a white hot point, are guided by computers,
which get better and faster always.

Secondly, I suggest that these ABM systems cannot be easily defeated by
massive redundancy [ever more warheads] because the laser systems can
be multiplied arbitrarily. It will not be getting cheaper to store
and god knows it wont be getting cheap to launch stuff anytime real
perhaps not before nanotech, at which time we have a lotta new headaches
to defend against. I do not suggest the world suddenly becomes safe once
we figure out how to shoot down missiles... {8-[ Life was so much
when we just had the good guys vs the commies.

> Example: There has been a lot of talk about optical LASERS fired from airplanes,
> but if I just buy some paint at Home Depot and paint my warhead white you'll have to
> increase the power of your LASER about a hundred times.

Awww, c'mon John, humor me just a little. Do you really believe that
who dream up these systems have not anticipated this? They know a thing
or two about highly reflective coatings. {8-] spike

This archive was generated by hypermail 2b29 : Thu Jul 27 2000 - 14:13:15 MDT