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new ultra-thin film may protect pilots from laser beams
A film that can be applied to the windshield of a commercial aircraft can be used to keep the Sky safe by blocking the laser beam aimed at the cockpit.
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), since 2005, the incident of laser targeting the cockpit of the aircraft has increased by more than 1,000.
Physicist and director of the film and photon research group at Moncton University pan Duran ashritt specializes in working with super-thin materials.
The latest project, he said, could make airline pilots and passengers safer in the future.
\"The problem we\'re having is that people are just firing lasers in the cockpit and it\'s just for fun,\" Ashritsaid said . \".
\"But it can be very dangerous because it actually makes things invisible to the pilot for the time being.
\"The film will cover the windshield of the cockpit and it will protect the pilot\'s eyes from the laser.
The challenge is to make a film that blocks the wavelength used by the laser while keeping the windshield clear.
\"This is a film that blocks green laser,\" Ashritsaid said with his product . \".
\"It has a slight color because the green light needs to be reflected, but at the same time you can see that the eyes are clear.
So that the pilot or the person who uses it can see through it.
\"The film is still in the early stages of research and development.
Ashritssearch group is working with LamdaGuard Inc. , a private company.
Headquartered in Dartmouth, New York, USA. S.
Then plans to test the film on an actual passenger plane.
LamdaGuard said the company has a number of patents on the product.
It also worked with Airbus, the Atlantic Canadian opportunity agency and the University of New Brunswick on the project.
The problem of laser targeting aircraft is getting more and more attention.
The problem has become so serious over the past few years that the FBI has launched a campaign to combat laser attacks on aircraft and offered a $10,000 reward.
Pilot Dan Adamus said he had heard what would happen if the laser was pointed to the cockpit.
\"All of a sudden, this kind of laser is in your eyes, and it\'s definitely amazing,\" he said . \".
\"If this is a very strong laser flash, blindness can take effect and can cause temporary blindness and eye damage.
According to Adamus, a total of 461 aircraft in Canada were attacked by laser last year.
At a critical moment when the pilot is trying to take off or land, the beam is flashed into the cockpit.