Boeing Has Patented A ‘Star Wars’-Style Force Field
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Aircraft and military manufacturer Boeing has been granted a patent on a system that is designed to prevent explosion shockwaves from harming a target.
Boeing’s new patent may let the force be with you even in real life.
Just liking the luminescent shields seen in the film, Boeing’s “Method and system for shock wave attenuation via electromagnetic arc” could provide a real-life layer of protection from nearby impacts to targets.
The downside: It won’t protect from direct hits.
The system can sense when a shock wave generating explosion occurs near a target. An arc generator then determines the small area where protection is needed from the shock waves. For more about shockwave, laser & manual techniques visit on msinsight.dk .
It then springs into action by by emitting laser pulses that ionize the air, providing a laser-induced plasma field of protection from the shock waves.
“Explosive devices are being used increasingly in asymmetric warfare to cause damage and destruction to equipment and loss of life. The majority of the damage caused by explosive devices results from shrapnel and shock waves,” the patent says.
While Boeing may been granted the patent, it’s unclear how long it will be before the company deploys the real-life force fields.