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Comment Re:about time (Score 4, Informative) 64

The Space Station isn't going to be doing anything to space junk, except trying to avoid it. The supply craft is carrying this tether device to test its performance. After it drops off its payload at the Space Station and detaches, before it is de-orbited, it will unspool this tether and see if the electrodynamic drag produced matches predictions.

Comment Re:Not surprising (Score 0) 188

I've been saying analog is better than digital for a very long time despite being modded down every time I say it.

That's because you are objectively wrong. With digital data, loss of data is optional. With analog data, it is guaranteed and unavoidable. As long as your digital systems are held to a higher fidelity than the sensory inputs of the human body, then they are a perfect reproduction of the original data, and definitively better than anything analog.

Comment Re: So, how often does it explode? (Score 1) 230

The word 'explosion' literally implies something that grows bigger

The electric arc heats the air around it into a plasma. That plasma expands rapidly, resulting in an explosion.

It takes a MASSIVE explosion for the shockware to actually injure people.

Injuries like ruptured eardrums and collapsed lungs...

But that rapid-expansion bit means explosions have shrapnel, and that is the much bigger risk. Most people who die in explosions are killed by shrapnel. An arc-flash doesn't have shrapnel.

Well the explosion tends to blow apart whatever equipment just failed, producing shrapnel. Seriously, did you even watch the video?

Comment Re: So, how often does it explode? (Score 1) 230

From the video...

It creates a pressure wave, called an arc blast, that can reach thousands of pounds per square inch. Enough to knock someone off a ladder, rupture an ear drum, or collapse a lung.

That sure sounds like an explosion to me, far more violent than rather slow conflagration you see from the runaway chemical reaction in a li-ion cell. You did see it blow the head off that mannequin, didn't you?

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