The U.S. Missile Defense Agency’s longtime pursuit of laser weapons for shooting down ballistic missiles as they launch will receive another jolt of energy this fall, when the organization selects two flying testbed aircraft to carry its low-power laser demonstrator program into the stratosphere.  For the past three years, the agency has been using remotely piloted General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Reapers with a chin-mounted electro-optical/infrared passive sensor for ...

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