Re: Laser as Reactionless Propulsion
Michael S. Lorrey (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thu, 22 Apr 1999 02:28:19 -0400
> In a message dated 4/21/99 12:00:19 AM Central Daylight Time, RAF@tomco.net
> > The most efficient means to power a laser, or, anything, is
> > matter-to-energy transformation. Again, this is barring
> > extra-dimensional sources of power.
Once again, this is a bit off. The current most efficient means to power
a laser uses conventional explosives. You can use this two ways:
- use the explosives as part of an atom bomb that is the engine for an
- There is a new power source that one of the Russian Institutes just
sold to the US military which uses a small charge of conventional
explosives to generate 1 megawatt for a tiny fraction of a second. They
are evaluating it now for space defense weapons use. Don't know the
technology behind it.
Spike? Any ideas?