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New Research Indicates Electrically Charging Aircraft Can Reduce Likelihood Of Lightning Strike

9 March 2018
MIT News reports that new research featured in the AIAA Journal suggests that if an aircraft is electrically “charged to just the right level, its likelihood of being struck by lightning would be significantly reduced.” In order to counteract the positive polarization of aircraft in flight, “the researchers propose temporarily charging a plane to a negative level to dampen the more highly charged positive end, thus preventing that end from reaching a critical level and initiating a lightning strike.”
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