Salmon have serious swimming skills—some travel thousands of miles to return to their original homes to breed. But even though they can jump as high as 12 feet in the air, they can’t manage to get over massive concrete dams that we have built to block their journeys back to their homes. Now one new idea could give them a boost. The plan involves whisking the fish through a long vacuum tube at speeds up to 22 miles per hour and then shooting them out the other end like a cannon.
The USS Ponce (LPD-15) Austin-class amphibious transport ship is now a testing platform for the LaWS (Laser Weapon System). The LaWS provides a low/no ammunition alternative for handily dealing with small craft and drone attackers. Don’t worry — we’ll get to work on jet packs eventually. #AmericasNavy