Re: go interceptors!

From: John Clark (
Date: Thu Jul 19 2001 - 22:35:56 MDT

Mike Lorrey <> Wrote:

> Gee John, if that's the solution, why aren't IRVs already painted white?

Because up to now nobody has been dumb enough to deploy a LASER
system to shot down ICBM warheads, if somebody does the other side
will have to visit the paint department of Home Depot. It's just physics,
you need a much more powerful light to burn up white things than black

>The first generation SBL (Space Based Laser) is designed to destroy a
> missile in boost phase

It's nuts! Space based Lasers are large expensive and delicate, I estimate their
life expectancy in the next war to be about 4 minutes. All you need is a bucket
of bolts or even sand launched in the same orbit but moving in the opposite direction.
The sand would be coming at your Laser at about 11 miles a second, per mass that
would provide 120 times the energy of the best anti tank canon in the US arsenal.

     John K Clark

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