It’s finally happening, all world powers are arming up with laser canons and future warfare will definitely look like Star Wars battles. Only downside is you won’t be able to fence off these lasers with your light-saber, they’ll just fry you up. Anyway, these days the Russian space agency Roscosmos is working on a secret plan to produce a giant laser capable to destroy space derbis…ehm…satellites.
According to several different reports. According to RT, the directed energy weapon will come in a pretty hefty form of a “three-meter laser cannon” based on a massive telescope. When activated it will produce a solid state laser that can destroy space debris before it harms orbiting spacecraft and satellites.
The scientists intend to use the massive soon-to-be-built telescope at the Altay Optical-Laser Center and convert it into a laser cannon. The device is expected to be powered by a solid-state generator, though the project team has yet to choose which model to use. ~ reports Sputnik
Considering the stability of lasers, they will be pretty precise, so they claim it will be able to vaporize something as small as a “cosmonaut’s lost glove” in low orbit. So basically just as nuclear power these nice lasers will be developed for good, to clean the space of the human made debris, but then again knowing that humans gonna human, we will also use them for some spectacular warfare.
Low-earth orbit, is between 160 to 2,000 kilometers (100-1,240 miles) above the Earth’s surface. The laser’s energy heats an object that is pierced with a beam until it gradually evaporates.
NASA estimates that there are more than 500,000 pieces of space junk “the size of a marble or larger,” which can be tracked as they are travelling at speeds of up to 17,500 miles per hour around the Earth. It warns that even “a relatively small piece of orbital debris” can inflict damage upon spacecraft and satellites. Of about 500,000 pieces of space debris, 20,000 are “larger than a softball.” ~ RT reports
Earlier it was reported that there are at least 13,000 space debris objects orbiting Earth, according to the Russian space control system. In 2016 Roscosmos scientists determined that if the issue of space debris is not addressed, in one or two centuries it may clog Earth’s orbit and make space launches nearly impossible. Russia is known for the greatness of her space programs, and this latest project can certainly be put to good use keeping earth’s low orbit safe for travel!