Laser and kinetic SDI weapons artwork

Laser and kinetic SDI weapons artwork

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Credit: US DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Artist's impression of an X-ray laser and a kinetic energy weapon system. These projects are both part of the US Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI, or 'Star Wars') programme. The space-based X-ray laser is powered by a nuclear explosion. This creates a massive pulse of X-ray laser energy which is directed at the target to disrupt its guidance electronics. The kinetic energy weapon uses small, high- velocity guided projectiles to intercept missiles. Both of these systems are designed for use against missiles in the boost phase, before warhead deployment. The spherical objects are deployed decoys.

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Keywords: combat, kinetic energy weapon, program, programme, sdi, space, star war, star wars, strategic defense initiative, wars, x-ray laser, xray

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