Welcome to Laser Pointer Forums - discuss green laser pointers, blue laser pointers, and all types of lasers



Laser Pointer Store

Navy Laser sets ship on fire

Joined
Dec 30, 2007
Messages
573
Likes
14
Points
0
Hi Folks,

Here's a video of a recent test the Navy did with a 15KW laser tracking a boat a mile away. Pretty amazing that it can keep the beam steady with both laser and target on a rolling sea. Their plans for the future are pretty outrageous too.

Check it out: Video: Navy Laser Sets Ship on Fire | Danger Room | Wired.com

Cheers,

CC
 

lasersbee

Well-known member
Joined
Sep 20, 2008
Messages
17,470
Likes
1,575
Points
113
Hey CC...
looks weird in the fact that they didn't put a target on the target
ship and aimed at the outboard motors instead... They could have
used another Black target...

The ignition looked like some onboard pyrotechics.... Much too
position stable.. IMO

Also...no shots of the ship that had the laser... not much proof
that a laser started the fire....:undecided:


Jerry
 

Trevor

Well-known member
Joined
Jul 17, 2009
Messages
4,513
Likes
548
Points
113
looks weird in the fact that they didn't put a target on the target
ship and aimed at the outboard motors instead... They could have
used another Black target...
Why not test it in a realistic scenario? ;)

The ignition looked like some onboard pyrotechics.... Much too
position stable.. IMO
This is perfectly feasible with all of the guidance technology the Navy has at its disposal. We had absurdly accurate guidance technology 10 years ago. It's only advanced since then.

Besides, my DSLR can do face tracking at the rate the boat was bobbing and it's only a $1200 device. Now apply the budget that the military was given during the Bush administration. Now when you put two and two together...

Also...no shots of the ship that had the laser... not much proof
that a laser started the fire....:undecided:
Well, there are vehicle mounted lasers to destroy IED's and shoot down ICBM's. I feel like a laser doing this is not far fetched.

But... based on your experience with 15kW CW lasers, did a laser start this fire? :p

-Trevor
 

DrSid

New member
Joined
Jul 17, 2010
Messages
1,516
Likes
59
Points
0
Nice nice .. but real fun starts with megawatt class.

:lasergun:
 

Benm

Well-known member
Joined
Aug 16, 2007
Messages
8,047
Likes
678
Points
113
I think the concept is feasible. Aiming at a boat a mile away is not that difficult with modern technolgy. Israel has developed laser systems to shoot down incoming projectiles travelling much faster and demonstrations of that system were successful... which is quite a feat since the projectiles they are faced with are not nicely shaped rockets but homebrew unguided ones with erratic flight paths.

Obviously such lasers have little or no role in modern warfare as you could easily make your target reflective to the wavelength of the laser, and even retroreflective if you want to shoot back free of charge :D
 

lasersbee

Well-known member
Joined
Sep 20, 2008
Messages
17,470
Likes
1,575
Points
113
Why not test it in a realistic scenario? ;)



This is perfectly feasible with all of the guidance technology the Navy has at its disposal. We had absurdly accurate guidance technology 10 years ago. It's only advanced since then.

Besides, my DSLR can do face tracking at the rate the boat was bobbing and it's only a $1200 device. Now apply the budget that the military was given during the Bush administration. Now when you put two and two together...



Well, there are vehicle mounted lasers to destroy IED's and shoot down ICBM's. I feel like a laser doing this is not far fetched.

But... based on your experience with 15kW CW lasers, did a laser start this fire? :p

-Trevor
Gee Trevor.... with all those first hand facts you must be right and I must be wrong....:cryyy:

BUT....based on your experience with 15kW CW lasers, did a laser start this fire? :p

Jerry
 
Last edited:
Joined
Jan 12, 2011
Messages
35
Likes
4
Points
0
this laser is amazing!

Maybe it can light a boat (or not, whatever^^) but the ultimate question is:

will it pop a balloon?


(really what's up with you guys? normally this is the first thing that has to be cleared)
 

lasersbee

Well-known member
Joined
Sep 20, 2008
Messages
17,470
Likes
1,575
Points
113
this laser is amazing!

Maybe it can light a boat (or not, whatever^^) but the ultimate question is:

will it pop a balloon?


(really what's up with you guys? normally this is the first thing that has to be cleared)
I think it will vaporize it or send it into another dimension...:D

Jerry
 

lasersbee

Well-known member
Joined
Sep 20, 2008
Messages
17,470
Likes
1,575
Points
113
^^^^ He!!... we can probably bring that hydrogen filled balloon down with
a 1 watt 455nm Laser....:crackup:

Jerry
 

Trevor

Well-known member
Joined
Jul 17, 2009
Messages
4,513
Likes
548
Points
113
Gee Trevor.... with all those first hand facts you must be right and I must be wrong....:cryyy:

BUT....based on your experience with 15kW CW lasers, did a laser start this fire? :p

Jerry
Based on what else the Navy (and Air Force) has at their disposal, I'm just saying that the burden of proof this didn't happen is on you. Remember the words of our friend A. C. Clark: "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." ;)

-Trevor
 

lasersbee

Well-known member
Joined
Sep 20, 2008
Messages
17,470
Likes
1,575
Points
113
All I was saying is the Video in the 1st post looks like... as you put it
"magic"... to me.... and question it...
I never said that the technology does not exist since I'm fully aware
that it does... It still doesn't look like a Laser set it on fire to me...

Prove to me that in that specific Video a Laser caused the fire...
I can be convinced with facts... With the facts as I see them now
I question that a Laser set the Fire... It looks more like pyrotechnics
to me....:cool:

I don't need to prove anything to you... I stated what I see in that
Video... so prove me wrong if it bothers you so much...:yh:


Jerry
 




Top