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2007年2月19日 (月)

反物質兵器/antimatter weapon関連

反物質兵器研究について、米空軍の関与状況関連報道。

Keay Davidson, "Air Force pursuing antimatter weapons:Program was touted publicly, then came official gag order," San Francisco Chronicle, 4 Oct 2004, Page A - 1, <http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2004/10/04/MNGM393GPK1.DTL> (19 Feb 2007)より引用。

"The U.S. Air Force is quietly spending millions of dollars investigating ways to use a radical power source -- antimatter, the eerie "mirror" of ordinary matter -- in future weapons.

The most powerful potential energy source presently thought to be available to humanity, antimatter is a term normally heard in science-fiction films and TV shows, whose heroes fly "antimatter-powered spaceships" and do battle with "antimatter guns." (強調筆者)

"More cataclysmic possible uses include a new generation of super weapons -- either pure antimatter bombs or antimatter-triggered nuclear weapons; the former wouldn't emit radioactive fallout." (強調筆者)

On March 24, Kenneth Edwards, director of the "revolutionary munitions" team at the Munitions Directorate at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida was keynote speaker at the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC) conference in Arlington, Va.
In that talk, Edwards discussed the potential uses of a type of antimatter called positrons."

"Moreover, 1 gram of antimatter, about 1/25th of an ounce, would equal "23 space shuttle fuel tanks of energy." Thus "positron energy conversion," as he called it, would be a "revolutionary energy source" of interest to those who wage war. "

以下は、Jim Oberg, "A Theory of Space Power: The Influence of Space Power upon the History of the Future, p.129,
<http://space.au.af.mil/books/oberg/ch05.pdf>, at Space Power Theory, National Space Studies Center, Sep 2003,
<http://www.maxwell.af.mil/au/awc/space/books/oberg/> (30 Jan 2007)より引用。
"As with earthbound media, the weaponization of space is inevitable, though the manner and timing are not at all predictable. In the near term, US policy will strive to keep space a weapons-free sanctuary, as the United States is the primary beneficiary of such a condition. And, should the United States find it necessary to arm itself in space, it will require some time to untangle itself from the self-imposed constraints erected during the Cold War. At some point in the future, however, the international system of sovereign states and the nature of mankind will combine to cause a state to put a weapon into orbit. The key event may be a perceived need to deploy a defense against ballistic missiles.
Other reasoning, based upon a different set of cultural biases, may also lead to the deployment of space weapons. One can imagine that some reasons can be developed for deploying weapons systems beyond the Moon. For example, Dr. Sullivan believed that the development of antimatter for weapons, or for other uses, would have to be kept far from the Earth, perhaps beyond Mars. When warfare moves to space, many orbital locations will prove to be advantageous, including some that use the Moon’s gravitational field."(強調筆者)

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