Lightning experiment on an Ariane 5 rocket

Lightning experiment on an Ariane 5 rocket

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This image is part of the feature Ariane 5 Lightning

Credit: Y. SOULABAILLE/EURELIOS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Ariane 5 lightning experiment. Man-made lightning strike during an experiment using a model of the European Space Agency's Ariane 5 rocket. This experiment is designed to prove that Ariane 5's sensitive electronic components could withstand the electromagnetic interference caused by a lightning strike. The 40-metre high electrical equipment can generate lightning bolts with 4 million volts. The model, one-twentieth of Ariane 5's actual size, is protected by lightning conductors around it. These lightning conductors, linked by electric cables, channel the lightning's electrical charge safely to the ground.

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Keywords: ariane 5, atmosphere, climate, lightning conductor research, lightning research, model, research, rocket

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