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Re: [erm] space mirrors

From: Thomas Barclay <Thomas.Barclay@s...>
Date: Sat, 31 Oct 1998 15:16:26 -0500
Subject: Re: [erm] space mirrors

Thomas spake thusly upon matters weighty: 

Easy to target and fire back at if you can fire earth-to-orbit 

> i read in the latest Nature (v395 p833) that the russians are to
deploy a
> 2.5-metre mirror from the Mir space station; they claim it should be
> visible from some northern cities as a moving spot with the brightess
of 5
> to 10 full moons. this is a proof-of-principle experiment, but i think
> idea is that in future, bigger and more numerous mirrors will be
> to supply light during power failures, rescue operations, etc.
> now, the question i ask is, does this have any military applications?
> know we're getting very good at nightfighting, but if the force with
> superiority is able to deploy these fellas, might it help them? what
> shining the light onto suspected enemy positions - illuminate them and
> overload their nightsights so they can't see you? how about as a
> defence - put thousands of them (they're cheap, being made of silvered
> plastic film) into low orbit, so when the high-tech attacker comes
> over your planet, you can offset your lack of expensive night-vision
> goggles with reflected light. they would have civilian uses too (light
> during blackouts and disasters), and so the military use would just be
> nice spinoff.
> just a random thought.
> Tom
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