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(Gizmodo)   Finally, we have orbital laser cannons. Oh, wait, sorry, I misread that. Orbital laser communications. Not nearly as fun   (gizmodo.com) divider line
    More: Spiffy, Satellite, satellite constellation, laser communication, Moon, potential launch of the military, satellites, 40-minute laser communications, Human spaceflight  
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2022-05-20 12:07:20 PM  
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So does the newest version of Starlink. The laser links allow them to relay a signal over the horizon without routing through a land-based station.
 
2022-05-20 12:11:08 PM  
2 votes:
Has this not already been a thing?
 
2022-05-20 12:13:55 PM  
1 vote:
If you think about it, the only difference is the size of the laser. We're almost there
 
2022-05-20 12:29:40 PM  
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SuperChuck: If you think about it, the only difference is the size of the laser. We're almost there


That and the 3 million solar panels to power your gigawatt system.

Alternately, a couple of nuclear bombs to pump them. IIRC, Ronnie was 110% behind equipping Space Station Freedom with a few X-ray lasers.
 
2022-05-20 2:37:53 PM  
1 vote:
To be fair, the only difference is the power level.
 
2022-05-20 3:26:56 PM  
1 vote:
Vaporization is a form of communciation.  It certainly sends a message.

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2022-05-20 8:15:21 PM  
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Ambitwistor: Vaporization is a form of communciation.  It certainly sends a message.

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When you outlaw orbital particle beams only outlaws will have orbital particle beams

One of my favorite parts of Star Wars :
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