ASTEROIDS: HOW TO MINE THEM, HOW TO BLOW THEM UP…
I've written a great deal both here and in my books about my hypothesis of hidden financial systems, the secret post-war collateralization of space, and the sudden public "meme-pushing" of asteroid mining. But, if your recall Dr. Carol Rosin's "Von Braun" affidavit, there's another agenda at work with asteroids, and that's the weaponization of space. Recall that Dr. Rosin maintains that Dr. Wernher von Braun told her that there was a simple "plan" or "progression of arguments" that would be used to push for the weaponization of space. First, he said, we would need space-based weapons to defend against the Communists. Now, I was never really "clear" on how space-based weapons would help me defend against the local Spetznaz sleeper cell, but I digress. After that, von Braun told her, would come terrorists, which is subject to the same objection as with the Communists. Then would come "nations of concern," (plenty of those around, though here I have to wonder, just how will space-based weapons help defend the USA against...well, the biggest nation of concern, which is the USA? I'm not too clear on that one either.) Then would come asteroids, and finally, von Braun indicated, "extra-terrestrials", to which, in Dr. Rosin's account, he chuckled somewhat sardonically, "Imagine that..." or words to that effect.
Well... ta da! Here we are at the "asteroid" stage of the Von Braun Progression to Planetary Defense Against Whatever, and we're confronted with something of a problem. How does one "nudge" an asteroid away from the Earth, or, failing that, blow it up? It's a scenario, in fact, with which I began my book The Cosmic War. There, I proposed a variety of approaches, including hydrogen bombs on rockets, and a more "nimble" approach requiring gigantic phased array directed energy phase conjugate weapons. (Don't worry about all the technical stuff, for the present, it isn't important.) The point here is that such directed energy weapons would, with enough energy, be capable of nudging such pesky things aside, and with gimongous amounts of energy (thank you Art Bell for such a wonderful word!), be capable of blowing them up, and zapping whatever threatening debris as might be left from the explosion into harmless vapor.
No sooner said than done, for now we have, courtesy of Mr. S.D., a regular reader here, this reassuring article that scientists have knuckled down and come up with some working proposals:
Notice the wonderfully euphemistic way this technology is being "framed" and "sold": it's good for asteroid defense and space exploration. Build a ring of these phased arrays big enough, and one might be able to use it for propulsion. (Notice also the suspicious-sounding "DESTAR" name for the system, recalling of course George Lucas' planet-exploding super-lasered "Death Star" from Star Wars, which, interestingly enough, used the interferometry of several lasers...we'll get back to that).
But here's the kicker, for this is exactly what they have in mind!:
"Toward directed energy planetary defense. Asteroids and comets that cross Earth’s orbit pose a credible risk of impact, with potentially severe disturbances to Earth and society. We propose an orbital planetary defense system capable of heating the surface of potentially hazardous objects to the vaporization point as a feasible approach to impact risk mitigation. We call the system DE-STAR, for Directed Energy System for Targeting of Asteroids and exploRation. The DESTAR is a modular-phased array of kilowatt class lasers powered by photovoltaic’s. Modular design allows for incremental development, minimizing risk, and allowing for technological codevelopment. An orbiting structure would be developed in stages. The main objective of the DE-STAR is to use focused directed energy to raise the surface spot temperature to ∼3000 K, sufficient to vaporize all known substances. Ejection of evaporated material creates a large reaction force that would alter an asteroid’s orbit. The baseline system is a DESTAR 3 or 4 (1- to 10-km array) depending on the degree of protection desired. A DE-STAR 4 allows initial engagement beyond 1 AU with a spot temperature sufficient to completely evaporate up to 500-m diameter asteroids in 1 year. Small objects can be diverted with a DE-STAR 2 (100 m) while space debris is vaporized with a DE-STAR 1 (10 m). © The Authors. Published by SPIE under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. Distribution or reproduction of this work in whole or in part requires full attribution of the original publication, including its DOI. [DOI: 10.1117/1.OE.53.2.025103]." (Italicized emphasis added)
Now... throw in a little phase conjugation of those big lasers, and a large fusion power source, some Mossbauer effect, and, what the heck, why use conventional lasers at all? Why not some GRASERS (gamma-ray lasers) and you could turn those asteroids into vapor in very little time. Of course, that's just me indulging in my high octane speculation again.
Remember, those patents for x-ray lasers and grasers already exist... and they have existed for a while now (since the 1950s and the earliest experiments with "atomic light" devices, when you really get right down to it). So I suspect that what we're looking at here is not so much a feasible technology, but rather, an attempt to push the most harmless version of it into the public eye, while far deadlier things may already be present in the black projects world. It all reminds me of Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev's curious statements before the Chlyabinsk Meteor incident that Russia had other means of "defending against" asteroids than blowing them up with hydrogen bombs.
But in any case, if you're like me, you've probably already seen the biggest problem: why would those DESTAR arrays necessarily have to be pointed up and not down? Indeed, this is the problem with the proposal, and the fact that space-based systems are being proposed reveals the difficulty, for with phase conjugation(which would compensate for atmospheric effects to some extent), it would be much more adviseable to build very large arrays on the surface of this planet; it would be much simpler to do, would simplify their enormous energy requirements, and be less expensive, and most importanly, they would be pointed up. So I suspect some other agenda is really the concern here.
See you on the flip side...
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