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Old 01-14-2004, 09:44 AM   #24 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Superbelt
There are similar problems with all the systems.

The SDI system, for example would require such an obscene number of orbital satellites to be in any way effective that it just won't ever happen.

The laser method can only down one type of icbm. They can't target the solid fuels.
Currently yes, and thatís why I want to see more R&D. Lasers now are much more powerful then in the past but they still require to long of a 'burn' time, and hope to destroy the fuel. If you could increase the power to such levels that it would be able to destroy components then the fuel issue becomes moot.

SDI right now would require a boatload of satellites, but tracking has also improved every year, and what requires 1000 today might be 100 in a few years.

I will admit that at the CURRENT level of tech, SDI and ABM's are not feasible, but the one thing you can't predict is innovation.
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