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Comments on Transparent Aluminum Armor Tested By Military
Transparent aluminum armor (ALON) well along in testing, and is considered superior to other see-through choices. (Read the complete story)

"For those readers who wrote in to say that transparent aluminum is actually used to create a huge aquarium to take the whales into the future - you're wrong. Scotty trades the formula for large sheets of plexiglas in stock; he takes delivery of these materials the same day (or maybe next day). I don't think that Plexicorp had time to go from formula to fabrication in a day or so."
(Bill Christensen 10/19/2005 12:20:04 PM)
"So, has the Defense Department been working on this in secret since 1994, and if so, where did they get the original specs? ..........................."
(Jack 10/21/2005 10:39:33 PM)
"If you want to know if some thing is posible ask a scientist if the scientist says no. Go to an engineer to get it done the engieer is more likely to think of a way to do it (even in fiction) than a scientist."
(Christopher Thomas. 10/26/2005 1:52:41 AM)
"This new ALON trasnsparent armour is great huh?"
(CADET MARTIN 10/28/2005 7:01:41 AM)
"Well truth is stranger than fiction ,or in this case equaly so any way,guess we should have seen this one comming,any way it's a good thing ,and I belive not the first time science-fiction inspired somthing.but just keep your eyes peeled we havent seen nothin yet! "
(Rattler 10/31/2005 2:16:49 AM)
"This technology has been used for a very long time. Look at high end watches, they (swiss usually) The really expensive ones have the face plate (clear part you look into to tell time) made out of the same stuff. Old NEWS!"
( 11/1/2005 2:43:55 PM)
"I'm amused by the Mac UI, which at the time seemed so advanced but today is incredibly simplistic. No wonder Scotty chose to speak into the mouse!"
(Dave 11/5/2005 6:45:04 AM)
"So many wonderous things identified in science fiction, ie star trek, have become reality. Question is, are these "innovations" born of science or of science fiction?"
( 11/12/2005 9:43:47 AM)
"WOW THANKS SCOTTY EVEN THE GREAT CAPTAIN JIM WOULD BE IN AWW AT THAT JUST LIKE CELL PHONES BEAM ME UP SCOTTY LOL"
(GRAYDUST 11/26/2005 1:15:35 PM)
"exactly. they say in the movie that R&D would take years."
(kerrus 11/27/2005 7:22:41 AM)
"Body armor such as this was used in an episode of "Science Fiction Theater", a black and white tv show in the 50's"
(Larry McCoy 2/19/2006 4:52:15 PM)
"will this armor be made available to the public"
(virgil leonard 4/18/2006 3:44:20 PM)
"Doesn't aluminum put off a toxic gass when burned? I guess if you get hit with a flame thrower you have more things to worry about."
(flouger 6/19/2006 12:27:31 AM)
"flouger, the temp of a flame thrower is only a few hundred degrees, not enough to burn the armor. Kirk: He who lives in a transparent alumninum house can throw stones if he wants to. McCoy: Just be careful where those stones are going to bounce. Dammit, Jim, I'm a doctor, not an architect!"
(richwheeler 3/6/2008 8:10:39 AM)
""ALON has performed well against multiple hits of .30 caliber armor piercing rounds -- typical of anti-aircraft fire. " um... no, the "typical" AAA projectile is 20mm or larger. this stuff may stop .30-cal rifle bullets, but that's a far cry from protecting aircraft."
(Rocky 5/6/2009 10:29:13 AM)
"Virgil asks, "" 'will this armor be made available to the public?' " not likely. the pigs don't like it when Joe Six-pack has anything that might protect him from cops' bullets..."
( 5/6/2009 10:31:35 AM)
"" not likely. the pigs don't like it when Joe Six-pack has anything that might protect him from cops' bullets..." Cop hater fail. And yes, this likely will or already is available. It is just to be used as regular glass though, not as an armor for whole vehicles as some seem to suggest. It's likely to be quite expensive."
(scythelord 5/7/2009 1:39:24 AM)
"ALON pre-dated the movie; and it is available from the manufacturer to anyone. http://www.surmet.com/alon.html"
( 5/20/2009 1:48:24 PM)
"You're right; but ALON the patent for it was filed in 1984 and the move actually came out in 1986, so Roddenberry was close."
(Bill Christensen 5/21/2009 3:33:08 AM)
"Original post by mattusximus"
(AndrewBoldman 6/4/2009 5:09:22 AM)
"Chemical formula for transparent Aluminum: Al2O3 .... in other words, sapphire. Been around a LOOOONG time."
(Lee Parker 6/30/2009 1:19:05 PM)

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