"A few days ago [early November], the Air Force Research Laboratory successfully flew a disc-like object in New Mexico. The 50-gram, 6-inch spinning object was blasted 14 feet into the air by the energy of a pulsed 10-kilowatt laser beam at White Sands Missile Range.
Within the next year and a half, the Lab hopes to boost the test object as high as 3,500 feet.
Project scientist is Leik Myrabo, whose book, "The Future of Flight", co-authored with science fiction and computer writer Dean Ing, describes a whole series of crewed, disc-like hypersonic laser-powered vehicles based on this technology.
What makes this particularly intriguing is the fact that Ing was also a co-author of several books with Dr. Stefan Possony, a noted historian, political scientist and air power strategist. For several years in the 1950s, Possony was head of the Directorate of Air Force Intelligence's "Special Studies Group" (AFOIN X-2), and was particularly interested in keeping track of Project Blue Book's research on UFOs. Possony was one of the attendees at the Robertson panel briefings in January 1953.
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