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Friday, August 19, 2016

Hope for 17 Meters? Plasma Bombs! Ionosphere Modification!

But don't get your hopes up.

https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg23130871-000-us-air-force-wants-to-plasma-bomb-the-sky-using-tiny-satellites/

3 comments:

  1. "At night the ionosphere is denser and more reflective."

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  2. What obscure new science has determined density as a factor? I'd always been taught it was angle of incidence at the boundary (much like water/air) varying with the magnetotail's variation in the solar 'wind' that accounted for the variation, with perhaps density contributing the 'refraction' rather than reflection ...

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  3. Perhaps they're looking at using the 'meteor scatter' effect? if so, they've got a real uphill battle. M-S is very local and transient - reliable comms would need wider path/patch of 'mirror' created on-demand, and longer duration - solar wind would disperse it.

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