Zenith Star was a Directed-energy weapon that started development as part of the US Strategic Defense Initiative.[1]

It included the Alpha laser, a high energy hydrogen fluoride chemical laser, and the LAMP mirror which was a 7 segment adaptive optics mirror.[2]

Zenith Star was never put in orbit, but the Alpha LAMP Integration (ALI) project carried out some ground-based tests.[3]: 20 


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Around 1998 Space-Based lasers were reconsidered and led to the Space Based Laser - Integrated Flight eXperiment (SBL-IFX) project 2000-2002.[4][5]

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