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Old Mar 17, 2012, 07:15 PM
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Lightning Strike Testing, Cool Stuff

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540...892?alt=Video: How science is keeping planes safe from lightning#46757892
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Old Mar 18, 2012, 01:42 AM
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Lightning strike testing by Top Gear with little Richard (no, not THAT Little Richard) sitting in the car.

Top Gear - Richard Hammond struck by lightning in car - BBC (5 min 17 sec)
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Old Mar 18, 2012, 11:06 AM
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Some early lightning strike research on aircraft. The "action" starts about 3:30 in..

Airborne Lightning Research (5 min 51 sec)
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Old Mar 18, 2012, 01:24 PM
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Been in on this at a couple labs, including one at the Lazy B where the chamber was huge. Cool stuff.
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Old Mar 18, 2012, 04:45 PM
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I've got a new green energy scam for you. Use wind or solar to power ionizers to attract lightning and then capture it with giant capacitors. Ben Franklin would be proud and Tesla would say youre doing it wrong.
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Old Mar 19, 2012, 01:25 AM
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On similar lines, there was a suggestion many years ago to have large superconducting rings in lightning prone areas to attract lightning to them. The stored energy could then be syphoned off into the power grid.
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Old Mar 19, 2012, 05:29 AM
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I have been wondering how much static electricity an RC airplane could pick up from air friction. Might even get a little spark to the earth on a very dry day. Maybe someone with an electrostatic meter could measure it.

That could have caused some receiver failures in the days when the antenna dragged the earth and discharged the airplane's potential on landing.
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