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post #35 of (permalink) Old 12-29-2017, 11:21 PM
Del
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Electronics, though, can be affected by EMI/EMP. It is a real worry for the Pentagon and commercial satellite systems, the satellites being very vulnerable, to say nothing of ground based control systems for our electrical and industrial systems. Work is in progress to reduce this threat but will take years.

Ford had an EMI problem years ago with their cars, when driving near certain airports, the engine would quit. The electronics were not properly shielded from airport radar signals, etc. Friend of ours, a Boeing electronics tech, was hired by Ford to help solve the problem. Part of his payment was a new Ford, lol. Granted, the auto companies have learned much, and car mounted computers, dozens of them per car, are better shielded.

However, there are indications that cosmic rays can also alter software. While the concept of bombardment of neutrons from space sounds like something straight out of Star Trek, neutron-induced errors are a dangerous reality for many types of automotive electronic equipment. Mechanical systems just don't have this problem.

Del

Seattle

1989 Milano, Shankle Sport
1991 164S, stock
1994 164LS (~Q)
1972 Morgan 27

previously owned since 1964:

62 Morris MiniMinor 850, 67 Austin 1275 Cooper S (Downton 3/4 race), 64 Giulia Sprint GT (1st red one made), 72 Fiat 128 Sedan, 75 Alfetta Sedan, 78 Alfetta Sedan, 78 GTV, 81 GTV6, 86 GTV6

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