Thursday, November 18, 2004


U.S. airborne laser advances to ‘First Light’

`A Boeing Co.-led team has successfully fired for the first time a powerful laser meant to fly aboard a modified 747 as part of a U.S. ballistic missile defense shield, officials said on Friday.

“It showed they work,” said Kenneth Englade, an agency spokesman, of the laser’s six identical, pickup-truck-sized, modules linked to fire as a single unit. “The rest is fine-tuning.”‘

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