Boeing Patents a “Plasma Force Field” that is “Powered by Lasers”

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On first look, it seems that they’re onto something similar to “Star Wars'” deflector shields. The patent describes a system that would detect the shockwave from a nearby explosion and create an area of ionized air — a plasma field — between the oncoming blast and the vehicle it was protecting.

The method works, says the patent, “by heating a selected region of the first fluid medium rapidly to create a second, transient medium that intercepts the shockwave and attenuates its energy density before it reaches a protected asset.”

By creating a temporary, superheated parcel of air with a laser, microwave or electrical arc, researchers believe that the shockwave would, in theory — it hasn’t been determined how far along Boeing’s research into this has got — dissipate once it hit the plasma field, leaving whatever was on the other side unaffected, or for the blast to at least be mitigated.

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  • Drunk_by_Noon

    I’d think that force fields powered by lasers would generate more interest.

  • cmh

    they better install it over israel pretty quickly

    • Norman_In_New_York

      Israel has been researching this independently and uses a version of this to shield their tanks against anti-tank missiles. Israeli engineers have been working on Iron Beam anti-missile laser defenses to succeed Iron Dome, have developed robotic ground vehicles for urban warfare, and are working on both electronic tunnel detectors and unmanned naval vessels. Isaac Asimov would be proud of his people.