U.S. DEPT. OF ENERGY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY U.S. DEPT. OF ENERGY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Artist's impression of the operation of a neutral particle beam (NPB) platform, a space-based defensive weapon under evaluation as part of America's Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) - the so- called "Star Wars" program. The artwork shows (foreground) the deployment of an NPB platform by a space shuttle: in background an operational NPB platform is busy intercepting hostile ballistic missiles. A neutral particle beam has the advantage of not being deflected by the Earth's magnetic field, and so (in theory) its destructive power might be more accurately directed at a distant target.
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