[FoRK] Server Sky - Internet and computation in orbit

Stephen D. Williams sdw at lig.net
Fri Jun 21 11:37:55 PDT 2013


A la sunflowers in Ringworld...
Anything interesting will have offensive capabilities.  We will have to deal with that.

sdw

On 6/21/13 6:53 AM, Gregory Alan Bolcer wrote:
> 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.
>
> Greg
>
> 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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