Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by cmartinez, Mar 23, 2015.
the article confuses me, but these reporters often describe technologies incorrectly.
the 'shield' would be formed by a plasma, composed of ionized air molecules I presume. How could this tenuous layer, cause significant deflection of an explosive powered concussion wave?
i have been on deck when a 5 inch gun was being fired. The compressive concussion wave from that gun was enough to physically impact my body just as firmly as a persons hand impacting my chest. Detonation of a large piece of C-4 is on a whole other level. rarified AIR could not protect one from such powerful explosives.
Maybe what it actually does is deflecting debris, but not the shock wave. ?
No, the article explicitly says that the system won't protect from direct concussion waves. It only protect from waves at a greater than 0 degree angles. My guess is the plasma field makes a sort of "lense" which redirects the wave. The lense could be produces by changing the density of the local air mass. Ionization might do that.
I wonder at what level what they already have working in the lab is capable of working...