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Boeing Granted Patent for “Shockwave Attenuation System” Straight Out of a Movie

posted: 03/24/15
by: Discovery.com Staff
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Defense contractor Boeing has been granted a patent for a "shockwave attenuation system" that will protect soldiers in a combat zone from a bomb's traumatic shock waves. According to the patent, Boeing will utilize a "relatively narrow, substantially linear arc of hot, ionized air" to deflect the shockwave.

In layman's terms, this arc of air will appear seemingly out of nowhere; in a scene straight out of a movie, this forcefield-esque defense mechanism can deploy almost instantly to protect soldiers from a shock wave. According to the patent, the forcefield will absorb the force of the shock wave as heat.

Protection from shock waves is much needed: "When the energy from the blast shock wave is absorbed in the human body, it disrupts the natural state of the body at a basic or even molecular level, which can cause tissue damage not immediately apparent after the blast," the The Institute of Medicine reported last year.

Click here to read the full patent filing from the USPTO

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