The U.S. Air Force confirmed on Friday, February 12, 2010, that an experimental high-energy, airborne laser system destroyed a liquid-fueled missile while in flight. The successful test was the first time a U.S.-developed laser system has destroyed a boosting-phase missile.
The world is hoping to be able to produce a clean, efficient, and abundant source of energy in the future. Nuclear fusion seems to be that promised-for energy source, which, so far, we have been unable to harness. However, recently, the U.S. Livermore National Lab inched a step closer with its National Ignition Facility.