It appears that Boeing is working on a shockwave-repelling force field, much like the ones seen in movies like Star Wars. And while the company filed the patent in 2012, the Patent Yogi took it upon themselves to illustrate and explain the system.
According to the Boeing patent, the company is working on “a method and system for attenuating a shockwave propagating through a first medium by heating a selected region of the first fluid medium rapidly to create a second, transient medium that intercepts the shockwave and attenuates its energy density before it reaches a protected asset. The second medium may attenuate the shockwave by one or more of reflection, refraction, dispersion, absorption and momentum transfer.”
These force fields will detect nearby explosions, and using lasers, ionize the air between the protected area and the explosion to block shockwaves from causing damage. The system could potentially work with vehicles, buildings, ships and aircraft.
Watch Patent Yogi’s video below for an illustrated explanation: