More on Lasers and Other Weapons at Kirtland
Here’s another laser weapon being developed at the facilities at Kirtland. This is the Space Laser program. It will be a constellation of satellites mounted with laser cannons orbiting the earth. They would be used to shoot down ballistic missiles, but likely have other uses too, like shooting down other satellites. The plan was to have an experimental space-based laser launched in 2012 and the constellation of satellites to be operational by 2020.
Other projects deal with defending satellites from possible attacks like lasers and jamming. The Space Vehicles Directorate is looking into satellites that can inspect other satellites or spy on enemy ones. They are also looking at Space Maneuver Vehicles that can be reusable satellites.
Space is increasingly used for warfare. It was reported in 2003 that Iraq jammed many military satellites. Outer space is seen as a place of future conflict in military documents.
Here is what I said in an earlier article:
One project indirectly tied to the University of New Mexico was the Solar Orbit Transfer Vehicle. Research is conducted by the New Mexico Engineering Research Institute, operated by the University of New Mexico. In 1998 according to the press release from Kirtland Air Force Base, “Air Force Signs Boeing to Build $48 million Solar Rocket.” The Air Force Research Laboratory, Space Vehicles Division, based at Kirtland, gave a contract to Boeing to develop the SOTV to transfer satellites from a Low Earth Orbit to Geosynchronous Orbit. The Air Force is interested in outer space, as we see here. Also, Skunk Works is mentioned.
The research here occasionally get out. Here is a reprint of a public notice about their laser research at Kirtland, hidden in the main newspaper:
News Release. United States Air Force. Environmental Assessment: Laser Propagation Area
(appeared in Albuquerque Journal. Sunday, September 29, 2002. P. A7.)
“Kirtland Air Frce (sic) Base, N.M. – Air Force officials here are inviting the public to comment on a proposal that would establish an area on Kirtland Air Force Base for safety firing lasers.
The Air Force Research Laboratory’s Directed Energy Directorate and the 377th Air Base Wing intend to establish an area by the base’s 700-series buildings, nearly centered between the east and west sides of the installation, where lasers can be propagated outdoors as part of a research program to learn more about lasers being developed by laboratory scientists.
Individuals wishing to comment or wanting additional information can contact Ms. Marsha Carra, the National Environmental Policy Act program manager, at area code 505 846-4377. Comments are being accepted until October 14, 2002.
As part of the environmental process, the Air Force has determined that there are no major environmental impacts associated with this proposed prject(sic). The public can review this proposed “Finding of NO Significant Impact” and a copy of the draft environmental assessment at the reference desk in the library of the Albuquerque Technical Vocational Inistitute’s(sic) Montoya campus, located at Albuquerque’s 4700 Morris NE.
Just to note, the Montoya campus is a branch campus of the main community college. If they wanted to make that document hard to reach they did a good job. New Mexico is so tied to military research it is hard to avoid it.
In 2005 $8 million was awarded to the Air Force Research Laboratory at Kirtland. The money went to Northrup Grumman Information Technology in Albuquerque for Novel Optically Diverse Applications (NOVA) for the AFRL.
In announcing the award Senator Pete Domenici said “I am very pleased to see this work done in Albuquerque to benefit not only the local Albuquerque economy but also the overall mission of the Air Force. Many of New Mexico’s science and technology-based comapnies contribute significantly to the nees of the military and I’m confident they will continue to do so in the future.” Domenici served on the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee that has funding jurisdiction over Kirtland and other Pentagon projects.
Another $201,000 went to the Air Force Maui Optical and Supercomputing (AMOS) site in Maui, which tracks satellites for the Defense Department, and managed by the Directed Energy Directorate of AFRL.
The mission of AFRL is to “lead the discovery, development, and integration of affordable war-fighting technologies for U.S. air and space forces, which is carried out by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, nono technology directorates located throughout the United States, including the facility at Kirtland AFB, and a central staff.”
Kirtland is key to implementing Vision 2020 and its successors, to militarily dominate outer space, and subsequently the rest of the world. This is a paranoid vision the military has, and New Mexico is kept in the grips of that vision more than the rest of the country. This too must come down for the benefit of humanity.
“Air Force Signs Boeing To Build $48 Million Solar Rocket. News Release. February 23, 1998.
Lumpkin, John J. “Kirtland Lab Crafts Orbital Weapons.” Albuquerque Journal. March 25, 2001.
“Defense Dept. Issues $8.0 Million Grant for Work at KAFB Air Force Research Lab.” Press Release, Pete Domenici. March 3, 2005.