Will we have satellites that can control the weather?

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20180122-will-we-ever-have-satellites-that-can-control-the-weather

From Star Trek to The Jetsons, one of the hallmarks of an advanced civilisation is seen as the ability to control the weather. More recently, the film Geostorm portrayed a network of satellites designed to prevent catastrophic storms.

As last year’s devastating Atlantic hurricanes demonstrated, we are at the mercy of the weather. Could we ever manipulate it from space?

The idea of tweaking the weather from afar is not as far-fetched as it sounds. As BBC Future reported in 2014, scientists have been on the case for years, albeit using planes rather than satellites. From 1962 to 1983, the American government ran Project Stormfury, which was an attempt to weaken tropical storms by flying aircraft into a storm and seeding it with silver iodide.

Silver iodide is an inorganic compound used as an antiseptic. The theory was that the silver iodide would cause the supercooled water in the storm to freeze, thereby disrupting the internal structure of the hurricane.

However, it has since been discovered that storms do not contain sufficient supercooled water for cloud seeding to be effective. There was also the problem of scale. “The problem was that the small planes and macro-scale of the storms meant any attempts would be negligible,” says Chris Bell, a lecturer in meteorology at the University of East Anglia in the UK.

Lasers are also being considered as a form of weather control, through laser inversion – the technique of using lasers to cool things down rather than heat them up. The process forms clouds and can even trigger lightning. “This is a new method based on ultra-fast, ultra-short laser pulses, which generate intense lasers that are low-energy as the pulse is very short,” says Jean-Pierre Wolf of the University of Geneva. This creates a spark in the atmosphere, which causes a shock that expels water droplets out of the way.

However, the problem, as with cloud seeding, is a question of scale. “We do not have the right laser and scale of lasers to do something dramatic in the atmosphere – we can create small cloud formations, but you would not see the clouds we produce,” admits Wolf. “There is a problem of scaling, such as creating a cumulous cloud, which is a kilometre long and spans over tens of kilometres. Then the question is whether it makes sense in terms of the energy you put into the system.”

Unfortunately, having satellites control the weather presents additional problems.

Not only would the satellites need technology onboard to monitor the weather and position themselves in orbit, they would also need to have more equipment to manipulate it, thus massively increasing their payload. “Bringing this kind of equipment onto a satellite always means huge effort in order to have the mass itself transported into space, and ensuring the performance and reliability is not easy,” says Andreas Lindenthal, chief operating officer of OHB Systems AG and sci-fi enthusiast since his childhood.

If cloud seeding is used, then how satellites are resupplied will present problems. Satellites would have to be regularly resupplied with the necessary materials, which naturally creates logistical problems sending the resupply craft into space to restock the satellites, which is not economically viable. “It would be difficult and inefficient,” says Lindenthal.

Further, as every action has an equal and opposite reaction, ejecting cloud seeding canisters would tend to nudge the satellite out of its orbit, due to the reaction forces. It is also very difficult to get canisters to fall and release in the correct place, but the addition of guidance systems would add an extra level of complexity.

Deploying laser inversion via satellites is more likely. Lasers do not need to be resupplied with materials and their power demands can be met through solar panels. “There are many examples in which lasers are being used for a very limited time, which means it is not in continuous operation,” says Lindenthal. “For example, there are ideas to remove space debris by flashing them with a laser.”

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i think this is a bet you can win..so yes..and yes to having some up there already?

“The idea of tweaking the weather from afar is not as far-fetched as it sounds. As BBC Future reported in 2014, scientists have been on the case for years, albeit using planes rather than satellites. From 1962 to 1983, the American government ran Project Stormfury, which was an attempt to weaken tropical storms by flying aircraft into a storm and seeding it with silver iodide.”

yeah..

“Not only would the satellites need technology onboard to monitor the weather and position themselves in orbit, they would also need to have more equipment to manipulate it, thus massively increasing their payload.”

401

~ by seeker401 on February 2, 2018.

9 Responses to “Will we have satellites that can control the weather?”

  1. Take it easy. Have you ever seen a photo of satelite in space? Are you able to provide one? Satelites and infinite space… earth as a ball… wake up and grow up

    • Fuck you. Everyone here understands that your flat earth nonsense is a Cass Sunstein op.

      I’ve personally worked on satellites (Landsat) that transmit remote sensing land data. If the satellites were not real, the data would not be accurate. And yet time and again the data has proven to be accurate.

      So once again fuck you and the flat earth you rode in on.

      • even though FE is baloney..must admit the absence of live-feed from a high-atmospheric orbiting satellite is disturbing. they should have a feed on the 7am news BTA maybe there really is nothing much to see from up there except chemical trails.

        FE has ‘engulfed’ many a brilliant minds.. i see many intelligent people being snarled by FE.. but of course no FE discussion is ever complete without my mention of that special challenge to Santiago on a direct fight from Auckland in 12+ hours. C’mon Flatties – it’s 2018 !

  2. ““The idea of tweaking the weather from afar is not as far-fetched as it sounds. As BBC Future reported in 2014, scientists have been on the case for years, albeit using planes rather than satellites. From 1962 to 1983, the American government ran Project Stormfury, which was an attempt to weaken tropical storms by flying aircraft into a storm and seeding it with silver iodide.””

    How long was it kept from the public? Was it always known by the public at the time? Operation popeye was not always known, but was later disclosed:

    http://www.seawapa.co/2014/06/operation-popeye.html

    Is that a legit video of chemtrail spraying?

    • Billy luvs Monsatan

      • Interesting. Lots in the video to consider. One thing that stuck out to me was how they portrayed the generational farmer to not know that worms, simple worms, were killing his crops. I guess “they” told him (sarcasm).

        Also, the disclosure of chemtrails is continuing. Soon they will be saying it had been happening all this time when they convince the culture it is not that bad. So people will dismiss conspirists by, ‘yeah, they were there, but so what? They do not hurt anything’. The deception upon lies and deception continues.

    • Spraying something.

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