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The advantage this route has over electrolysis is treating a larger portion at a time, while electrolysis (elaborated on below) is individually ablating one follicle at a time — think waxing versus plucking.
Their 15-ton, 22-foot-wide lifting-body Earth Landing Vehicle would include a heat shield that would ablate – that is, char and erode, carrying away atmosphere-entry heat.
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