Reply to post: Impact --> dense plasma --> charge separation due to differential velocity--> RF pulse

RF pulses from dust collisions could be killing satellites

John Smith 19 Gold badge
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Impact --> dense plasma --> charge separation due to differential velocity--> RF pulse

Strong enough to kill some satellites.

OK the process seems reasonable but the shear strength of the effect is astonishing.

It's like that DARPA man portable X-ray machine that basically uses static electricity to generate the high voltage.

But then that's the thing about hypervelocity impacts.

No one sees them coming.

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