Talk:Large scale excavations using HE beams.

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There is a slight relation between the directed energy weapons discussed in this article and use of directed energy on Luna. For instance it has been mentioned that microwave energy might be used on Luna to form vitreous pavement on roads to hold down dust. Excavating with directed energy is a Star Treck idea. It will not happen on Luna. On the ballance, I think the directed energy weapons article should be removed from Lunarpedia. Is there some connection to Lunar colonies that would justify keeping it here? 20:43, 10 May 2008 (UTC)

Directed energy refers to a variety of methods, from microwave to lasers to sound. Once these technologies are large scale tactical assets then they will follow the historical path from tactical to practical applications. I can see a time when high power solid state lasers or magnetrons would be used to vaporize sections of regolith, causing the area around it to crack or possibly even shatter due to rapid expansion. Remember that lots of ideas have been star trek ideas. Flip phones, blue tooth communicators, ion propulsion, etc etc. See I am of the opinion that the article should stay, although it is in serious need of formatting/cleanup. On a side note, please remember log in before attempting to sign your submissions. -- Jarogers2001 17:47, 12 May 2008 (UTC)
Should we tag this as part of the controversial question series with other ideas potentially either quite good or just silly? Admittedly, unlike most of those, it was posted without intent of being there. -- Strangelv 17:19, 13 May 2008 (UTC)

Copyright Violation

I wish I'd caught this before: The pasted MSNBC article was a copyright violation. I have removed it. Please do not paste copyrighted material here unless you are the copyright owner and agree to release it to the public domain! -- Strangelv 12:27, 17 May 2008 (UTC)

It seems to me that lunarpedia is still in copyright violation because the pasted article is still available through the edit history. There ought to be some way for system operators to purge the wrongly copied matterial even from the edit history. In any case it seems a small loss to lunarpedia. The pasted article was not on topic even if directed energy beams might at some future date be used for a nonweapon purpose.--Farred 17:01, 17 May 2008 (UTC)