Force Fields - Electromagnetic
barrier designed to protect spacecraft and personnel on sci-fi
movies and TV series.
Sue Storm uses force field in
Fantastic Four movie
On the sci-fi series LOST IN
SPACE/CBS/1965-68 the Space Family Robinson used a force
field to protect
their spacecraft the Jupiter II from alien invaders.
Any object that touched the barrier was disabled or destroyed.
They frequently set up a similar barrier around their
campsites while visiting alien planets.
The sci-fi series STAR TREK/NBC/1966-69 and its sequel and spin-off
series used a force field called a "Deflector." It was
designed to protect the crew of the starship USS Enterprise.
The deflector shield was an invisible force field that
surrounded the Enterprise and automatically activated
when the ship's sensors detected an unknown danger
approaching. "Activate deflector shields!" was a common phrase
heard on this series.
Drawing the power from the ship's engines, the deflectors
could be maintained full-power for some twenty hours in times
of conflict or battle. There were also navigational deflectors
that swept the space directly in front of the traveling
starship to divert and destroy any space debris that may harm
the ship. If any large objects such as a huge asteroid was
detected, the ship diverted its course to avoid collision.
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