Hurstmonceaux Laser

Hairy Dave's picture

The XC heads will be familiar with the thermal from by the Hurstmonceaux observatory and may have noticed the laser warning shown on the air chart. One of the staff informed me that it is very big, very powerful and is operated at any time of day or night. It's used to measure movement of tectonic plates by bouncing off a satellite or the moon to be picked up at receivers all over the planet. Apparently when it goes off it looks like something from star trek!

While it's only an advisory on the chart, it didn't sound like something you'd want to fly through.

More details when I've spoken to the laser walla.

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Carlo Borsattino's picture

Glowing Gliders, Batman!

I guess that's why the recommended avoidance zone around this extends from SFC-FL660 = Surface to 66,000ft!

Carlo Borsattino


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MartinJLong's picture

Make it so