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Reagan's Star Wars

US President Ronald Reagan wanted to make the type of laser weaponry of sci-fi films a reality.

In 1983, he unveiled the Strategic Defence Initiative (SDI) which aimed to use lasers to protect the US against the threat of nuclear war.

It came to be known as the "Star Wars" programme.

  • 19 Dec 2015