The Labs That Go Boom: The Lightning Research Lab Builds its Own Bolts
Brooke Borel
at 05:11 AM Sep 5 2012
The Labs That Go Boom: The Lightning Research Lab Builds its Own Bolts
Build Your Own One of These
John B. Carnett
Tech // 

A lucky few engineering students at the University of Florida get to do something vaguely magical: conjure their own lightning...

Lab: Lightning Research Lab
Career: Lightning-tolerant spacecraft designer, power utilities engineer

To make bolts, students fire specially designed rockets, each of which trails metal wires connected to sensors, directly into thunderstorms. Students examine high-speed video of strikes to study lightning-bolt physics and test materials by directing bolts toward a target.


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