Boeing get patent for sci-fi forcefields!
Boeing have been watching far too many science fiction films, as they've been granted the patent for actual forcefields. We hope that they're also looking at tractor beams and lasers too.
Anyway, they want to use this technology to protect military vehicles and other targets - they could even use it on planes to stop birds flying into their engines.
The design is named "Method and system for shockwave attenuation via electromagnetic arc", which is not at all catchy. An image from the patent looks like this:
According to patent office website USPTO, this forcefield will consist of two key elements: a sensor to detect a shockwave-producing explosion, and an arc generator that receives a signal from the sensor and uses magical energy to deflect the explosion.
"Such embodiments ... may reduce the energy density of the shockwave by creating a second medium in the path of the advancing shockwave that reflects, refracts, absorbs and deflects at least a portion of the shockwave," says the patent.
We assume Ryanair are building a Death Star as we speak.