A device developed by a Chinese team that could be used on a satellite could generate a powerful 1 megawatt laser light and fire 100 shots per second for nearly half an hour without overheating in space, the researchers said. Photo: Shutterstock
A device developed by a Chinese team that could be used on a satellite could generate a powerful 1 megawatt laser light and fire 100 shots per second for nearly half an hour without overheating in space, the researchers said. Photo: Shutterstock
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The powerful Chinese megawatt laser ‘small enough for a satellite’

  • Chinese team says its 1.5kg pulse device is possible because of breakthroughs allowing critical components in solid state lasers to be much smaller
  • A laser scientist with the Chinese Academy of Sciences says the device is not a weapon – but a larger version in future could be

A device developed by a Chinese team that could be used on a satellite could generate a powerful 1 megawatt laser light and fire 100 shots per second for nearly half an hour without overheating in space, the researchers said. Photo: Shutterstock
A device developed by a Chinese team that could be used on a satellite could generate a powerful 1 megawatt laser light and fire 100 shots per second for nearly half an hour without overheating in space, the researchers said. Photo: Shutterstock
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