"ST. LOUIS , November 12, 2004 - The Boeing [NYSE: BA] Airborne Laser (ABL) team fired a laser beam for the first time using the flight laser modules in the ABL System Integration Lab at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif."
"The ABL aircraft also is conducting a series of flight tests to validate the air worthiness and functionality of the battle management and beam control/fire control (BC/FC) segments integrated on the 747-400F ABL aircraft. In addition to determining missile target location, the ABL 's adaptive optics in the BC/FC continually compensate for the atmospheric distortion and platform jitter to focus the high energy beam on the missile body, causing it to structurally fail."
Photos 1 & 2 courtesy Boeing, Photo 3 courtesy CNN Photographer Bill Parks
SATL382G From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 11 months 4 hours ago) and read 4277 times:
So was this thing actually "Airborne" (as your subject line suggests) when the laser was fired? The Boeing press release was vague, only saying that the 6 modules were fired and that flight tests are underway in other areas.
Greaser From Bahamas, joined Jan 2004, 1101 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (10 years 11 months 4 hours ago) and read 4275 times:
SATL, no word on that, but Boeing is conservative and probably tested it out for the first time on the ground, but you never know, as it took place at Edwards AFB, but not likely on the 747, as "The ABL aircraft also is conducting a series of flight tests to validate the air worthiness and functionality of the battle management and beam control/fire control (BC/FC) segments integrated on the 747-400F ABL aircraft."
Airforce1995 From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 55 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 10 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 4086 times:
The test was done on the groungd only for a fraction of a second. That "pulse" was multiplied a number times to see what the full effect would be. Should be doing engine runs on the ground and then start flying with all the "guts" and new nose installed.