Laser attacks on passenger aircraft crews are becoming a serious problem in many countries around the world. In the UK alone, 1, 400 such attacks were recorded in 2015. Most attacks are carried out during the takeoff and landing of airliners or on police helicopters, for which, as a rule, simple but powerful portable laser devices are available commercially.
As a result of laser exposure, crew members are temporarily blinded, which leads to a loss of control over the readings of the instruments, and in the future may result in serious vision problems.
A system developed by BAE Systems Research Engineer Daniel Black will help solve the problem. Here's what he said about her.
“I learned about laser attacks on passenger planes from the news a few years ago. Since then I have been dealing with this problem. The idea of laser protection came to my mind while watching a 3D movie. Instead of watching a movie, I looked at 3D glasses that form an image by blocking light. After that, I started to create a special filter that would be able to block the harmful effects of the laser. "
The resulting optical system transmits up to 70% of visible light, but blocks out even dangerous laser radiation. BAE Systems representatives said that after the completion of the tests, the system will be put into production.