Special glasses created for pilots in case of laser attacks

People aiming easily available lasers at aircraft, potentially blinding pilots

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(NBC) – With recent reports of laser attacks on planes, a company in Connecticut has created glasses for pilots that could save lives.

Dr. Nicholas Perricone told NBC, “We are having a problem with laser attacks.” A problem that’s happened recently near Newark airport and Boston’s Logan airport in the last week alone.

People aiming easily available lasers at aircraft, potentially blinding pilots. “And that’s critical because pilots are landing airplanes, and they are in the critical two or three minutes on final,” said Dr. Perricone

The folks at Perriquest defense research enterprises in Meriden say these sunglasses the company has developed are the answer.

Kristin Rauschenbach told NBC, “Our concern was that the products that were entering the marketplace we’re really only working spot-on at ’12 o’clock,’ and a lot of laser strikes are coming from the side angles.”

Note how the competition’s blockage shadow on the right diminishes with a change of angle, while the Perriquest lens on the left leaves a consistent shadow.

Another challenge was filtering the crippling laser rays while still allowing pilots to read color-crucial instruments and landing lights.

“We needed to be able to take out red, green, and blue colors of a laser, but leave enough of the red, green, and blue spectrum coming through the filter, so that the pilot can easily distinguish those colors,” said Rauschenbach.

Mission accomplished, as you can see with your own eyes, and not bad looking at that.

“Probably the most important part for the pilots were that they’re stylish, because they won’t wear it unless it’s stylish,” said Dr. Perricone.

Lenses they say reduce even the strength of even industrial lasers 100-times.

The question remains, though, how soon will the government and military make such protection mandatory. Founder Dr. Nicholas Perricone quotes the ominous words of a former contact at the N-T-S-B. “And he just said, ‘frankly, Dr. Perricone, every law that’s been written has been written in blood after an accident.”

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