MEDUSA (weapon)

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MEDUSA is also a fictional energy weapon in Philip Reeve's novel Mortal Engines, completely different from the real-life MEDUSA weapon and its name is not known to be an acronym.

MEDUSA (Mob Excess Deterrent Using Silent Audio) is a directed-energy non-lethal weapon designed by WaveBand Corporation in 2003-2004 for temporary personnel incapacitation.[1] The weapon is based on the microwave auditory effect resulting in a strong sound sensation in the human head when it is subject to certain kinds of pulsed/modulated microwave radiation. The developers claimed that through the combination of pulse parameters and pulse power, it is possible to raise the auditory sensation to a “discomfort” level, deterring personnel from entering a protected perimeter or, if necessary, temporarily incapacitating particular individuals. [1]

In 2005, Sierra Nevada Corporation acquired WaveBand Corporation and ceased all work on the MEDUSA technology and did not pursue the technology further.[2]

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