Light Saber

Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory have passed a major breakthrough in their work on a Free Electron Laser, FEL, with the demonstration of an injector needed for a megawatt laser beam for the Navy’s next generation weapons system.  Dr. Dinh Nguyen, senior project leader for the FEL program, said, “The injector performed as we predicted all along.”  He added, “We’re currently working to measure the properties of the continuous electron beams, and hope to set a world record for the average current of electrons.”

The FEL project began in the 1980’s but it wasn’t until 2010 that it graduated from basic research to an Innovative Naval Prototype.  The ONR hopes to move testing to a maritime enivronment as early as 2018. You can read more at the offical Office of Naval Research website.

Captain Nolo

X-37BThe latest in space hardware just completed it’s maiden long-range mission.  The X-37B, after 7 months in space, landed safely December 3rd at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. “Big deal”, you say?  Well, yes it was.  The X-37B was launched into space from Cape Canaveral on April 22nd, completed it’s mission and landed like an airplane or Space Shuttle in California.  And it all was done with no one on board.  Or in Air Force talk, Captain Nolo – “No Live Operator”.

Of course the Air Force won’t say what the purpose of the flight was, other than to test the plane/spacecraft.  And as would be expected, no word on what the future use of the X-37B will be.

But it’s an amazing accomplishment. Both the Air Force and Boeing, the manufacturer, should be congratulated. It amazes me. Seven months in space for a craft not much larger the the little Cessna’s I used to fly.

Blue Light Special

Centerville, VA UFOA mysterious blue light appeared in the skies over Centerville, VA  last Wednesday night, November 3rd.  Bryan Fains, cellphone in hand, captured the light for posterity.  It does look unusual, but then, so do lots of “lights in the sky”.  Those are some of the most difficult UFO sightings to explain, mainly because there is so little information in the reports.

But I’ll take a stab at it.  The light was blue, uncommon on aircraft.  The only case I know of where a plane displays a blue light is in aerial refueling.  And while refueling the planes fly a track, often oval.  When done they break apart, with the tanker and it’s blue light make a climb.

Case solved?  Not completely, but it’s a pretty good guess.

E.T. Census

I normally wouldn’t post anything about the recent U.S. elections, but this is too good to pass up.  According to the Associated Press, Denver voters have soundly defeated a proposal to establish a commission to track extraterrestrials.  By a vote of 106,776 to 20,162 they turned down the measure proposed by Denver resident Jeff Peckman.

Peckman works as a meditation instructor.  He also promotes new technology, including something he says reduces the “chaos of electromagnetic fields.”  His previous proposals include a ordinance requiring the city to offer “stress reduction measures”.

I’d offer a comment poking fun at Mr. Peckman, but his activities make that un-necessary.

Take Me To Your Leader

Wondering what to do if a flying saucer lands in your backyard? The United Nations has you covered.  They’re about to announce that Mazlan Othman, the head of the U.N.’s little-known Office for Outer Space Affairs (Unoosa), will act as first contact for any little greys that may come visiting.

Mazlan OthmanDuring a recent talk to fellow scientists Othman said: “The continued search for extraterrestrial communication, by several entities, sustains the hope that some day humankind will receive signals from extraterrestrials.”

“When we do, we should have in place a coordinated response that takes into account all the sensitivities related to the subject. The U.N. is a ready-made mechanism for such coordination.”

British Professor Richard Crowther said, “Othman is absolutely the nearest thing we have to a ‘take me to your leader’ person.”

Ms Othman must have a marvelous sense of humor.