How will the Vsplesk Experiment help scientific research throughout the world?
According to news sources, Russian crew members of the International Space Station (ISS) have already installed the necessary hardware and scientific equipment to discover how effectively seismic events can be detected by charged particle bursts in the near Earth-space environment. It is believed that these bursts are related to various geophysical processes, although the experiment is focusing on distinguishing earthquake precursors.
Are other countries involved in studying the relationship between earthquakes and the Earth’s ionosphere?
Various countries have been studying this important connection in several stages over the last few years. Since 2001, experimental spacecraft known as the COMPASS (Complex Orbital Magneto-Plasma-Autonomous Small Satellite) created in Russia, Hungary, Greece, the Ukraine and Poland was unable to complete the research mission because of problems with the hardware equipment. The satellite did manage, however, to collect some helpful earthquake-predicting data. Russian scientists installed research hardware on the Resurs DK space vehicle (Arina) that was launched two years ago. This allowed for accurate particle detection being performed from different sites of near-Earth space.
Will the world ever be able to get out of the way of earthquakes and their subsequent destruction?
Monitoring seismic activities is only one small part of understanding the connections between the lithosphere, lower atmosphere and ionosphere. Due to the fact that electric fields of some intensity can precede volcanic eruptions, powerful atmospheric fronts and other massive natural disasters, this system can save lives and money as an effective tool for disaster prevention.
Time will tell.
In the meantime if something shakes near where you are standing, don’t be a dope and get out of the way!