Ever since the mid-70s and the NKC-135 Airborne Laser Lab laser has been the technology ‘10 years in coming’. After many years, many theories, and many experiments, it appears the ‘10 year clock’ has finally started to tick. But even as more fiber based lasers take to the field, there is yet another twist in the plot that could change everything … again.
Not long ago, domestic reserves of natural gas were believed to be all but exhausted. The U.S. was viewed as a huge market for liquid natural gas imports. The government put in place disincentives to the construction of new natural gas-fired power plants, believing supply was insufficient for long-term use. This was all, however, before the advent of unconventional natural gas.