Danger Room: ‘Star Wars’ Turns 25, Eats $120 Billion; Worth It?
Murdoc votes ‘Yes, probably.’
A US Air Force (USAF) Booster Verification Test-5 (BVT-5) rocket launches from Space Launch Complex Twenty-One at Vandenberg Air Force Base (AFB), California (CA), at 10:40 AM on January 9, 2004. The USAF BVT-5 tested a three-stage booster configuration for use with the Missile Defense Agencys (MDA) Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system. The GDM is designed to intercept and destroy long-range ballistic missiles. Location: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, CALIFORNIA (CA) UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (USA) Camera Operator: SSGT MOLLY A. GILLIAM, USAF Date Shot: 9 Jan 2004
Meanwhile: Israel’s Military Shoots Down Laser Cannon
UPDATE: Though this concept from 1984, of course, would have been much cooler:
An artist’s concept of the interception and destruction of nuclear-armed re-entry vehicles by a space-based electromagnetic railgun. The LTV Aerospace and Defense Co. has demonstrated hypervelocity launch technology in the laboratory that is applicable to a ballistic missile defense system.