This is huge people. We really can’t tell you enough how important it is. This is one of those “FIRST TIME IN THE WORLD” moment.
My Professor studies solar cell discharge on space. Long story short, when you are trying to generate high voltage in space, due to presence of plasma, a short circuit occurs(technically, it is called “discharge”. If you understand short circuit, it’s fine).
“Duh! Then don’t generate high voltage. Problem solved.”
We wish we could do that. But ask any electrical engineer. If you have lot of things to power up, you need high voltage. There is no other solution to it. That’s why a National power grid is Thousand of Voltage and you have to build high expensive tower to prevent ‘short circuit’ from happening.
So this is my Professor does. He studies how to solve this problem. So far, we have post discharge evidence and simulate discharge. Now we have photograph of discharge occurring in space. You can see a small spark in the news report linked below. But what is a small spark to eye, is a huge spark in our heart.
Read the original report at http://mainichi.jp/articles/20160409/k00/00m/040/051000c