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Sunday, June 16, 2019

As I understood it, they need to wait for a thunderstorm... they are not creating the lightning. But they are aiming it at a target. It works 7 out of 10 times. Target was hit over 150 times successfully. Accuracy of hits is about 10 meters.

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This is so cool!

#1 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-06-16 11:51 AM | Reply

Frak.. that's like a laser...

#2 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-06-16 11:52 AM | Reply



From the cited article...

...On June 5, in the testing ground in Conghua, 10 rockets of this kind were lifted off and 7 times of successful triggered lightning events....

"Rockets"

Based upon experiments I've seen in the past 10 to 20 years, this concept is nothing new. I've seen video of a rocket being fired into a thunderhead. The rocket is pulling a wire up with it, and that wire is grounded. Effectively, the rocket is reducing the distance that a lightning bolt has to traverse in order to discharge the cloud.

I've also seen videos of having the rocket's exhaust be of a composition that it leaves an ionic trail behind it, eliminating or reducing the need for the wire.

Like a laser? Hardly.

For starters, a laser does not depend upon the random existence of a thunderhead over your target.

#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-06-16 12:06 PM | Reply

Like a laser? Hardly.

It was just my way of describing it, dude. Chill.

#4 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-06-16 12:17 PM | Reply


No need to chill here.

I was just disagreeing with the concept you ascribed to it. :)


#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-06-16 12:23 PM | Reply

There's a weapon kinda like that in the Bioshock series.

#6 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-06-16 02:16 PM | Reply

Is that history of fiction she?

#7 | Posted by Sniper at 2019-06-17 11:09 AM | Reply

The Norwegians mastered this already.

#8 | Posted by bored at 2019-06-17 11:11 PM | Reply

This is so cool!
#1 | POSTED BY J_TREMAIN AT 2019-06-16 11:51 AM

Tapping the electrojet is dangerous.

I have little confidence that the Chinese care about the consequences.

Russia seems to have plasma weapons technologies too.

The ability to vaporize city blocks at a time doesn't bode well for our future.

#9 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2019-06-18 02:16 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Yeah. Who didn't? I think it starts with Tes;a, but if the legend of the Green Skull is true, it may be before then.

Green Skull. That's not right. Hope I never have to fight him.

#10 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2019-06-18 08:43 PM | Reply

The guy that didn't cast a shadow was fun enough - but he was easy to track. How many people do you know that don't cast a shadow?

#11 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2019-06-18 08:46 PM | Reply

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