Air Force testing new transparent armor - potential application?

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  1. downunder

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    http://img348.imageshack.us/img348/6676/scotty0ix.jpg

    http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123012131


    maybe a potential application here for the visor masks. Scratch resistant is nice.
     
  2. esskreemr

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    Hmmm... transparent aluminum. It could be used to build a REALLY large tank to hold a whale on a Klingon warship. :)
     
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    Hmmmm.....if it can stand being drilled without compromising the structural integrity (a prob with the lexans) it would make ME feel a lot more comfortable with the clear masks....although the TV rationale still doesn;t convince me,
     
  4. sabreur

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    Y'all are thinking small.

    This could be the breakthrough that makes fencing a truly successful sport, like beach volley ball--think Barbarella.

    If we all wore transparent body armor, with skimpy underwear beneath, think about how much more telegenic the sport would be!

    Or actually, at least in my case, not.
     
  5. Zilverzmurfen

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    Well, either that or particularly in your case! :D ;)
     
  6. rcmatthews

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    Im fairly certain that something like that would not be available to the general public for a long time.
     
  7. JackOfHearts

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    Hrm... That is a valid point. I mean think about it: Why do people watch tennis anyways? Anna Kournikova (or Maria Sharapova now, I guess. Either way, Russian teenagers in mini skirts). :blah:
     
  8. Larrison

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    Dude -- the stuff is like $10-15 per square inch. And its rigid.. Figure ten thou for a set of armor that makes you look like Henry VIII doing his imitation of the Emperor's new clothes... (transparent full plate armor?) Either that or a thous or so for something that makes you look like Yogi Berri doing a strip tease.. (transparent baseball catcher's armor...)

    Seriously, there's some other stuff in the lab that looks very promising for facemasks, if that's the issue. There's one I've been watching that solves the impact shattering of lexan, and looks to have durability as much as Lexan and cost very similar. It should be in production in about 18 months for a niche application.
     
  9. Inquartata

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    Hey, if not, well, just divert power from life support temporarily to boost the interspacial density, Captain. ;)
     
  10. swordsen

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    But first don't forget to re-calibrate the main sensor array.......
     
  11. Inquartata

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    But the antimatter conduits won't take the strain, we'll have multiple hull breaches before you can say Montgomery Scott...
     
  12. Purple Fencer

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    And overestimate your repair estimates by a factor of four to maintain your rep as a miracle worker!
     
  13. Larrison

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    Aye, change the polarity in the warp coil modulator! 'Tis the only way to prevent it from blowing out!
     
  14. Purple Fencer

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    I canna change tha laws of physics!!!!
     
  15. KD5MDK

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    Given the article discussed how the highest grade compares to the civilian (about the same), I'd doubt it.
     
  16. rcmatthews

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    All I see is a reference to using commercial grade materials. Not the same thing. It seems to me that releasing the technology behind this would be kind of like telling people how to make stealth aircraft.
     
  17. kmak_577

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    i agree ummm russian's n mini skirts lol
     
  18. kmak_577

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    i would prefer to have a traditional mask that 1 that has clear plastic in it , think about it , u can see there eyes move, this gives away when they aare going to attack and where , and the same with them to you .
     
  19. edew

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    Hmmm... transparent armored miniskirts on russian fencers.... might be quite telegenic.
     
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