Lightning Protection

Talk about some industrial-strength protection.
This shows a direct lightning hit on the space shuttle launch pad, where the protection system safely directed all that energy into the ground, without blowing circuits on the STS.

Charging the flux-gate capacitors for launch.

Charging the flux-gate capacitors for launch.


Maybe someday we can capture some of that energy in a flux-gate capacitor that can provide propulsion or help meet future energy needs.
These pics and more info can be found via the SpaceFlightNow website.
Thanks !!!
Photo credit: Gene Blevins/LA Daily News.
/;^)

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