Peace Through Light, Oh Wait, Obama Wants To Cancel It

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Nuke-nobbler raygun 747 scores ‘surrogate’ test success

The USA’s amazing jumbo-jet-mounted blaster cannon, the Airborne Laser (ABL), continues progress through flight testing. Lead contractor Boeing announced last night that the ABL has successfully detected and locked onto a test rocket and held a “surrogate” low-power beam on it. Had a full-bore blast been fired, the rocket would have been destroyed.

“This test demonstrates that the Airborne Laser can fully engage an in-flight missile,” said Boeing jumbo-blaster veep Michael Rinn. “Pointing and focusing a laser beam on a target that is rocketing skyward at thousands of miles per hour is no easy task, but the Airborne Laser is uniquely able to do the job.”

The flight test reportedly took place on Monday off the coast of California, with the target rocket launched from San Nicholas Island.

The prototype ABL, following many years of development and teething troubles, now appears to be closing in on a full-power flight test against a ballistic missile by the end of this year. All components of the system have been tested separately on the ground, and now the full-strength laser plus its associated sensors, battle management and beam pointing hardware have been installed in the plane (it had previously flown with a low-powered laser only, for trials).

See also:
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Boeing news on Airborne Laser, B-1
Boeing Airborne Laser Team Completes 1st Airborne Test Against Instrumented Target Missile
Airborne Laser passes target test
Airborne Laser Passes Another Milestone
ABL Industry Backers Dig In
Despite industry believers, Airborne Laser faces long odds
Defense Firm Touts Value Of Revamped Laser Program
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Boeing YAL-1

Pretty impressive, huh? Orbit the ABL 24/7 over the western Pacific and suddenly North Korea is in a box, no longer a problem, impotent, neutered.

Well now, we can’t have that, now can we?

/don’t worry, Obama’s gonna cancel the ABL program

It’s Not Easy Being Green . . . If You’re A Hypocrite

How did Obama commemorate Earth Day? By stomping out a carbon footprint that would make a herd of Sasquatch green with envy.

Obama Earth Day Flights Burned More Than 9,000 Gallons Of Fuel

In flying to and from Iowa today, President Obama took two flights on Air Force One and four on Marine One.

The press office at Andrews AFB wouldn’t give me the fuel consumption numbers for the 747 that serves as Air Force One without the approval of the White House Press Office, which as I write this has yet to be given.

But Boeing says its 747 burns about 5 gallons of fuel per mile. It’s 895 miles from Washington to Des Moines, so a round trip brings the fuel consumption for the fixed-wing portion of the President’s trip to 8,950 gallons.

The trip also put President Obama on Marine One for round-trip flights between the White House and Andrews AFB and between Des Moines International Airport and Newton, Iowa, site of his Earth Day speech. It totaled about an hour of flight time. The VH-3D that serves as Marine One consumes about 1200 pounds of fuel per hour which comes out to about 166 gallons consumed flying the President today.

Not included in these calculations are the presidential vehicles that took him the short distance from the landing zone in Newton to the event site at the Trinity Structural Towers Manufacturing Plant.

In his speech there, President Obama called for a “new era of energy exploration in America.”

At a plant that manufactures the towers for wind turbines, he urged Americans to support his plan for promoting expanded use of alternative and renewable fuels.

And he announced that for the first time, the Interior Department would be leasing federal waters for projects to generate electricity from wind and ocean currents.

President Obama could have saved at least 9,116 gallons of fuel by giving his speech at the White House – but no wind turbines are manufactured here.

See also:
Obama Marks Earth Day at Iowa Wind Tower Plant
Obama celebrates Earth Day with tree planting, green initiatives
On Earth Day, Obama pushes ambitious climate agenda
Obama: Earth Day Speech Touts Green Jobs, Cap-and-Trade

Remember the tidal wave of outrage, scorn, and derision when the CEOs of the Big Three auto makers dared to fly on their private jets to Washington to beg for taxpayer money at two days of Congressional hearings?

/well, they had to make the trip and it wasn’t Earth Day