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Re: starship-design: Going Up? Space Elevator: Next Stop, Earth Orbit
In a message dated 1/2/01 7:36:51 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
>Neat article. It seems like the nanotubes are the thing. A question
>though. Since nanotubes are (as i recall) electricly conductive, do you
>think it likely that friction with the atmosphere at lowerlevels, and
>photoelectric charging in space would tend to induce currents in the
>cable? It seems reasonable to me that the potential between one part of
>the cable and another could be quite high. Comments?
Very true. It would be a spectacular lightnight rod, and could cause arcing
up to the orbit.