Re: go interceptors!

From: Eugene Leitl (
Date: Mon Jul 23 2001 - 11:23:37 MDT

On Fri, 20 Jul 2001, Spike Jones wrote:

> *He's* being silly? You are the one that posted that a coat of white
> paint would save an RB from an alpha class laser. White paint *would*

How does an aluminized mirror help? An ablative heat shield?

Alpha class laser? Shooting several 100 km, through atmosphere, with haze,
clouds, Mach kegel of the missile?

And remember, all this is only going to work during the boost phase. While
the target is acclerating, and possibly flying evasion moments.

> help, for about 2 milliseconds. Then there are about 1998 more
> milliseconds to deal with. spike

You understand chemical lasers, Spike? Focus tracking, active optics?
Assuming you can make a kill, how many minutes will your vehicle be
engaged before it lands one? How many shots can you fire, and how many of
the vehicles are going to be in the area?

And how does this apply to civilian aircraft on a regular flight, which
happens to have some extra cargo onboard? Or a parked van? Or a rented
suite in a highrise?

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