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Comment: energy needed (Score 2) 167

by kqc7011 (#49510477) Attached to: ISS Could Be Fitted With Lasers To Shoot Down Space Junk
All the laser has to do is slow the junk down, just shining the object with the laser will impart a force which will cause a slowing of momentum. Once momentum of the object has slowed below orbital speed, it should fall towards earth and burn up in the atmosphere. Tracking should not be that hard as radar aimed weapons have been around for many years. How much energy and for how long to illuminate is up to the designers.

Comment: Defense for hypersonic (Score 2) 290

by kqc7011 (#48703953) Attached to: War Tech the US, Russia, China and India All Want: Hypersonic Weapons
The development of non-ballistic hypersonic weapons is one of the reasons that the U.S. is heavy into making the laser weapons functional, affordable and usable. Something like the one on the USS Ponce, maybe not that one but the next generation of the weapon. Now, defense against something like Pournelle and Nivien's project Thor is another story.

Comment: overload (Score 1) 301

by kqc7011 (#48363597) Attached to: Police Body Cam Privacy Exploitation
Let them have the video, but with the condition that they live stream every hour of the video starting from the first minute to the last minute of the first video and then the first minute to the last minute of the second video and on and on. No editing allowed. If there is identifying information that would be shown, go to a black screen until the information is no longer on the video. If the officer working at a computer, black screen again. "Police Video Requests." should have to post a bond to be paid to paid to anyone who's information is shown on the video.

The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was.