A new innovative laser shield is being developed for cockpit windscreens
to deflect the impact of unwanted light sources on jetliners.
HALIFAX, June 4, 2014 /CNW/ - Lamda Guard, a company based in Atlantic
Canada, has signed an agreement with leading aircraft manufacturer
Airbus to test a breakthrough innovation designed to deflect unwanted
bright light or laser sources from impacting jetliner flight paths, and
causing pilot disorientation or injury.
Lamda Guard's innovative thin films utilize metamaterial technology on
cockpit windscreens to selectively block and control light coming from
any angle even at the highest power levels. "Today marks a milestone in
optical applications of nano-composites," said George Palikaras,
President and CEO of Lamda Guard. "Through our collaboration with
Airbus we are working to introduce our metamaterial technology, for the
first time, as a solution to laser interference in the aviation
The announcement today comes within weeks of the release of an FBI report citing 3,960 aircraft laser strikes in the US in 2013 according to the
Federal Aviation Authority (FAA).
Senior Vice President of Innovation Yann Barbaux stated: "At Airbus, we
are always on the lookout for new ideas coming from innovative SMEs,
such as Lamda Guard. We are very pleased to explore together the
potential application of this solution to our aircraft, for the benefit
of our customers."
Over the past year Lamda Guard has been working with the research
community at the University of Moncton and the University of New
Brunswick, as well as stakeholders, investors and funders to highlight
the benefits of nano-composites. The Atlantic Canada Opportunities
Agency (ACOA) in particular has played an important role in Lamda
Guard's research and development efforts. In 2012, ACOA assisted Lamda
Guard with technology commercialization and recently upgraded its
contribution to $500,000 to further assist the company in developing
and manufacturing its products for the aviation industry.
"We would like to congratulate Lamda Guard on the partnership they are
forging with Airbus," said the Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State
(ACOA). "Our Government believes in investing in innovation and
developing business and trade relationships beyond our borders, as
demonstrated by the recently announced Canada-EU and Canada-Korea Trade
The Lamda Guard Airbus partnership marks the first time an optical
metamaterial nano-composite has been applied on a large-scale surface.
For further information visit www.lamdaguard.com
SOURCE: Lamda Guard
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