Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Vanishing Tank: BAE Systems’ Adaptiv Technology Renders Vehicles Invisible to Infrared

One of the long-standing goals of science has been the perfection of invisibility. Now, with a new technology developed by BAE Systems called Adaptiv, we’re one step closer to realising that goal.

Although aircrafts like the F-117 Nighthawk have used their unique design and low emission engines and subsystems to avoid radar and infrared detection, true “visual” invisibility has long eluded humanity.

Adaptiv builds on this by taking hexagonal plates called “pixels”, each of which about the size of an anti-tank mine, and fastening to the exterior of a vehicle.

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