4 December 2007
Cutting out the chase
Eureka Aerospace, a company from Pasadena, Calif., [has] developed a device that shoots a microwave beam at a speeding car, frying its electrical system and stopping the car dead in its tracks.
To disable cars, the device generates energy that is amplified by a generator, and then converted to microwave radiation. The radiation is then focused with a special antenna into a narrow beam.
A pulse lasting just 50 nanoseconds is enough to overload wires or damage the car's central microprocessor. At a high power of 300 megahertz (compared to 2.45 gigahertz in a microwave), the radiation energy is above common radio frequencies, and isn't harmful to humans.
Um, hertz, mega or otherwise, has next to nothing to do with power.
Will we start seeing old Sixties relics pressed into service as getaway cars? They don't have microprocessors.
(Via The Truth About Cars.)Posted at 4:21 PM to Driver's Seat