- Evolutionary Air and Space Global Laser Engagement
The Evolutionary Air and space Global Laser Engagement (EAGLE) is a new plan being developed by the
United States Air Force.
The project is a combination of two separate
missile defenseefforts: the Aerospace Relay Mirror Systemand a new, high-altitude airship. The project is designed as a means to destroy enemy missiles before they would have the opportunity to hit targets on American soil. It involves using either ground-based, air-based or space-based lasers deflected off a massive airship (roughly 25 times the size of the Goodyear blimp) covered in mirrors that could destroy missiles but also satellites or spacecraft in a low-earth orbit.
The first tests of the airship were scheduled to begin in
* [http://www.popsci.com/popsci/aviation/article/0,12543,583484,00.html "Popular Science" article on the project]
* [http://www.defensetech.org/archives/000742.html Defense Tech article on the project]
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