Space Watch: Asteroid defence system in development using Star Wars-like laser satellites

A team of researchers is looking to develop an asteroid defence system that will protect Earth by strapping a series of lasers to satellites to redirect asteroids away from our planet.

The ambitious asteroid defence system is being developed by researchers from the California Polytechnic State University and NASA and is called DE-STAR (Directed Energy System for Targeting of Asteroids and exploRation).

Rather than just sending nuclear missiles or Bruce Willis and a team of oil drillers to put a bomb on an incoming asteroid, the DE-STAR model would use an array of solar-powered satellites, each of which houses a kilowatt laser. ∞∞∞∞∞ www.siliconrepublic.com ∞∞∞∞∞

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