I'm asking this question after doing a small research project to see if a small UAS can fly through thunderstorm and trigger lightning strikes. I've googled a bit, and all I've seen are large aircraft getting hardened against strikes.
From what I've read and looked at, all the aircraft use metallic mesh or metal skin to dissipate the heat and voltage. I'm thinking something similar could be done for for a UAS, but don't know how to analyze the system to make sure it can handle the strike.
How does one go about analyzing a structure to see if it can handle lightning strikes? Has anyone flown a fixed wing UAS through a thunderstorm to trigger lightning strikes?