On earth we are protected from solar flare radiation by our atmosphere, but in space there is no such luxury. When vehicles are designed for space travel all types of radiation have to be taken into account. In fact, the entire configuration of the Lightcraft is designed around an ultra-light Space Plasma Radiation Shield (SPRS). SPRS is able to protect frail human bodies from deadly proton storms. It can also provide protection against micrometeorites. Meteors of larger mass, such as those that have a mass of 1 metric ton, would enconter a Lightcraft on average once every 100 million years, and could easily be maneuvered around anyway. The basic principle behind the high-tech SPRS is that the exterior of the spacecraft actually becomes a shield, by virtue of it becoming positively charged. The Lightcraft's superconducting magnets are used to create a powerful magnetic field around the craft which aids in creating this charge. The magnets are in turn powered by solar cells on the bottom hull of the Lightcraft. Special linear accelerators (LINACs) are necessary as well when bringing shields up. Note that the "donut hole" in the center of the Lightcraft is absolutely essential for the shields to work, which is why the Lightcraft was so designed. Also, since the space plasma shields will only work if there is a hole in the middle of the Lightcraft, the maglev landers must be separated from the craft and kept at a safe distance from the exterior charges which the SPRS creates.