Unlike the instantaneous communication we’re used to seeing in shows like Star Trek, real-life space communication doesn’t really work that way — and that’s a problem as we look to expand our human footprint to Mars and beyond. But NASA thinks space lasers could be the answer we need.
The defense research firm Lockheed Martin has figured out how to attach a laser weapon to a business class jet — and it works. So, when the aliens attack, we’ll be able to retrofit jets to help fight off the attackers. Huzzah!
Admittedly, it kind of sucks that we can't make our own Iron Man suit and fly around killing bad guys. But one fan has gotten about as close as anyone to being Tony Stark—and he has his own laser-shooting gauntlet arm-glove to prove it.