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"There was a time when one old eccentric guy with a notebook could do something important to science. Now even the resources of a major university are often not enough."
- Jerry Pournelle

Solar Flare System  
  Space-based parabolic reflector that focuses light for destructive purposes.  

"A strategic weapon used by the Earth Federation Forces in their attack on the space fortress Solomon. Like the weapon devised by the ancient inventor Archimedes, this array of mirrors focuses the sun's light into a single devastating point, capable of carving through solid rock. The Solar Flare System consists of four million individually adjustable mirrors, computer-coordinated to form an immense lens tens of kilometers across."
From Mobile Suit Gundam, by Yoshiyuki Tomino.
Published by Sunrise in 1979
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On a side note, Archimedes only purportedly devised the "heat ray" attributed to him. Current research shows such a weapon (using materials avaiable during Archimede's time) was impractical agianst sailing ships.

Thanks to Gatomon41 for contributing this item.

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