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Spectacular BECO cutoff during Starliner launch

NASA and Boeing launched the Starliner Commercial Crew space craft yesterday. One of the stages is BECO cutoff where the main booster detaches from the rocket, prior to the Centaur engine starting up, and pushing Starliner into orbit.

There’s an awesome view of the rocket from the ground that shows this spectacular effect at BECO cutoff:

You can see this in the NASA video around now:

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Boeing’s new laser defense technology

This is a technology I’d love to see integrated into Israel’s defense systems! I’m sure the IDF is already looking into some sort of laser missile defense system along the lines of Boeing’s laser defense system to supplement Iron Dome and its successors. Wouldn’t that be something?

Image credit: High Power Green Laser, Dark Background (1) by Andrew Adams, licensed CC BY-SA 2.0