XRAYretired wrote:PixelFlight wrote:osiris30 wrote:
Last comment as we are so far OT, but basically as you move down the line you get progressively further reliant on some form of electric system and if you did have a massive solar flare that fried (again, ALL) the systems you'd be pretty screwed.
Aircraft shield routinely sustain lightning strikes. The local energy density of a lightning strike event on the mechanics, electric and electronics is pretty high. A such energy density distributed by a gigantic solar flare over all exposed Earth ground surface would probably terminate our actual civilization.
Yes. Would have thought A/Cs would be at more direct risk with extremely high neutron flux density drilling holes through micro circuits than electrical induction effects. Secondarily, loss of Comms, GPS, beacons and airport landing systems would be the worry, assuming the neutron flux had not killed the crew in short order.
Well we can always go the direct emp route. Not sure the size of a strong emp device these days but it could be done in theory. Regardless the concept is more silly conjecture than serious risk launched into because a very binary statement up thread I countered with an absurdly binary statement.