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Re: starship-design: Going Up? Space Elevator: Next Stop, Earth Orbit

> Since nanotubes are (as i recall) electricly conductive,

It depends on the arrangement of carbon atoms in the tube. The "Barber Pole"
arrangement is semiconducting.

As I understand it, the more common arrangement is not such a good

> Very true.  It would be a spectacular lightnight rod, and >could cause
> up to the orbit.

Because it is linear and therefore "sharp", and has a high surface area, a
coronal discharge seems more likely.