The Department of Homeland Security is considering installing “a laser called Skyguard that can make mincemeat out of a missile in a matter of seconds — according to its developer, defense contractor Northrop Grumman, which adapted the laser from a larger militarized version –” at airports and other commercial runways. Video after the jump.

Packed inside a unit the size of three school buses and stationed close to the runways, Skyguard is essentially a giant laser gun with brains. It focuses a powerful energy beam with pinpoint accuracy on a missile, heating up the explosives inside to make them detonate before reaching their target

[via PopSci]

The Department of Homeland Security is considering installing “a laser called Skyguard that can make mincemeat out of a missile in a matter of seconds — according to its developer, defense contractor Northrop Grumman, which adapted the laser from a larger militarized version –” at airports and other commercial runways. Video after the jump.

Packed inside a unit the size of three school buses and stationed close to the runways, Skyguard is essentially a giant laser gun with brains. It focuses a powerful energy beam with pinpoint accuracy on a missile, heating up the explosives inside to make them detonate before reaching their target

[via PopSci]