ABL Kills Fast, But Experiences Misalignment

By Amy Butler

The Airborne Laser’s (ABL) successful intercept this month of a boosting ballistic missile was a milestone for high-energy lasers and the aerospace community as a whole. But the program is unlikely to retain the glow of triumph until analysts pinpoint the cause of a “beam misalignment” and set about exploring whether the unwieldy system can ever be deployed operationally....

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