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Ionization blackout

  1. Dec 22, 2012 #1
    Due to the extreme heat which surrounds a space shuttle in its reentry atoms surrounding it become ionised and prevent radio waves from entering the space shuttle. Is there any solution that rocketeers have invented to fix this issue ?
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  3. Dec 22, 2012 #2


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    You could use a different frequency (above the plasma frequency). As it is not done, I would expect that it is not feasible or necessary.
  4. Dec 23, 2012 #3
    All of my textbooks havent provided me with a solution haha, it took wikepedia to show me that they developed a system known as the tracking and data relay system which links signals with a break in the ionised air created by the shape of the shuttle. Thanks anyways :P
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