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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP04 Jan 2021 9:30 p.m. PST

"…The idea of the militarization of outer space was a real fear in the heady days of the Space Race between the USA and USSR. The Soviets had put up military space stations and a few of them were armed with an 23mm cannon. There was also worry that the arms race would continue into the void of outer space with orbital nuclear missile platforms. In 1967, the United Nations passed the Outer Space Treaty that established legal frameworks on the ownership of celestial bodies, like Luna and Mars. One of the elements of the treaty was preventing orbital weapon platforms that bore nuclear weapons and othe r WMDs. This treaty shaped the research on orbital weapon systems.

One of the most common type of orbital bombardment/artillery is directed energy beams that can be used more like knife than an club or even a shower of directed energy death-laser-beams that tear through the planetary surface. Shooting freaking laser beams on the surface of Luna is much easier than shooting them down to Earth or Mars, due to the atmosphere. Any military-grade lethal DE beam would have to be powerful enough to punch through the atmosphere and hit the target with enough energy to be lethal. It is unlikely that lasers will be the orbital DEW system of choice, instead, it is likely that particle beam DEWs would fulfill that role. The use of DE is common in science fiction "kill satellites" as seen in works like Akira…"

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Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP04 Jan 2021 9:45 p.m. PST

Actually, IIRC, Mars' "atmosphere" is so negligible as to be almost non-existent (apparently about 1% of the thickness of Earth's atmosphere if my quick internet search data is accurate), like the moon.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian05 Jan 2021 6:01 a.m. PST

Just use mirrors.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP05 Jan 2021 11:02 a.m. PST



ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP08 Jan 2021 5:59 a.m. PST

As the AI computer in Heinlein's "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" said: "Throw rocks at them."

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