They say that life imitates art, and in this case it's a really cool and, if it works, an extremely effective way to keep troops and civilians safe.
Imagine your car or plane protected from all harm by an invisible force field. That's like something out of science fiction. Now, thanks to Boeing, it's something out of reality too. Boeing just filed a patent for a military defense force field.
Have you ever seen the sci-fi TV show "Stargate Atlantis"? The alien city of Atlantis has an enormous force field that covers the entire city in a bubble-like shield that absorbs and deflects attacks on the city, keeping damage to a minimum.
In the movie "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace," during one of the battle scenes, you can see enormous force fields erected around an army that blocks direct enemy fire.
You can also see these kinds of force fields around most other sci-fi spacecraft deflecting and absorbing missiles. That's exactly what Boeing is working toward.
While Boeing's idea for a force field isn't strong enough to protect a city, it might be able to in the near future. This incredible new patent that Boeing received this week is for a kind of deflective or defensive force field for military vehicles, instead of the traditional bubble-like shield in science fiction.
The shield works by having sensors mounted to military vehicles that can detect the light and energy released from a shockwave blast nearby. Lasers are immediately activated that send out high-intensity pulses in the direction of the blast. The laser pulses ionize the air and create a "laser-induced plasma channel" that acts as a deflective shield to protect the vehicle from the blast.
Check out the video below to see how Boeing is planning to use this incredible new technology.