P6_9 Laser Diode Another Day

Alexandra Pohl, Joe McGuire, Alexander Toohie


This paper considers the feasibility of the Icarus satellite weapon in the film Die another day. We find that the power requirement of Icarus exceeds the total world power demand 500 times over. Even with the current largest space based solar panels (aboard the ISS), it would take several years to store the energy required for a ten second burst of the weaponized beam of light depicted in the film.

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