University of California Wants to Build a Death Star

Will be used for defense and powering space probes

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Fri, Jan 8th, 2016 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

The University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) Experimental Cosmology Group, dedicated to the studies of early universe and astrophysical applications of directed energy, introduces the DE-STAR (Directed Energy System for Targeting of Asteroids and exploRation), a proposed system made of high-powered lasers that would stop asteroids by vaporisation. The device could also be used to provide power to distant probes or small spacecrafts.

DE-STAR or Directed Energy System for Targeting of Asteroids and exploRation is a proposed system to deflect asteroids, comets, and other near Earth objects (NEOS) that pose a credible risk of impact. The objects that cross Earth’s orbit ,even relatively small ones, can still have a devastating effect. We propose an orbital planetary defense system capable of heating the surface of potentially hazardous objects to the point of vaporization. DE-STAR is a modular phased array of kilowatt class lasers powered by photovoltaics (PV). In our papers we distinguish between the large futuristic complete “stand-off” system which does NOT travel to the target we refer to as DE-STAR and the much smaller and more practical single launcher “stand-on” system which travels to the target we refer to as DE-STARLITE. There are a large number of technical papers, talks, orbital simulations and laboratory measurements below.

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