[FoRK] Server Sky - Internet and computation in orbit

Gregory Alan Bolcer greg at bolcer.org
Fri Jun 21 06:53:55 PDT 2013

There was often a thought that was popular in the 90's that you could 
build a pretty powerful space weapon using a huge coordinating array of 
pico satellites.  Each by themselves could be multi-purpose whose 
purpose was defined by which system was powered where it arranged itself 
in relation the the hundreds or thousands of others, but in the case of 
emergency, they could aggregate and become deadly.


On 6/21/2013 6:40 AM, Gary Stock wrote:
> Why the hell didn't they just go ahead and call it SkyNet?
> Whenever I see the phrase "phased array," I'm reminded of an anecdote
> told me by a DOD Intelligence officer, in the early 80s.  One of USSR's
> early attempts at "over the horizon" missile monitoring was a massive
> truncated pyramid of phased array RADAR.
> The first time the Soviets switched on the entire assembly, across
> several hundred yards of adjacent plains, the grass burst into flames.
> Ever since, I've presumed that the most powerful energy weapons will be,
> at their heart, phased array... something or other.  If the plan is to
> paint Earth's surface with "tens of thousands of thinsats" -- with their
> own power -- why not just pop in some offensive capabilities, and an
> alternate targeting system?  Think of the savings:  2.0 projects for the
> price of 1.1.
> Again: why the hell didn't they just go ahead and call it SkyNet?
> GS
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