SLS engineers installed two Jupiter OLS high-speed video lightning monitoring systems at the John C. Stennis Space Center in southern Mississippi. The Jupiter OLS systems will provide vital lightning monitoring for the B2 rocket engine test stand, where the massive core stage of NASA’s new Space Launch System rocket will be tested starting in early 2019. The Space Launch System core stage…Read More
A Jupiter OLS lightning monitoring system installed at Kennedy Space Center recently recorded this direct lightning strike to the Launch Complex 39B (LC-39B) lightning protection system (LPS). Launch Complex 41 is located in the foreground. At least five long upward positive leaders were launched from the LC-39B LPS in response to the downward propagating negative stepped leader. Upward leaders…Read More
SLS engineers worked with the NASA Launch Services Program (LSP) to deploy a Jupiter Portable Lightning Instrumentation (PLI) System within the Vertical Integration Facility (VIF) at Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 41. The PLI will monitor electromagnetic fields immediately adjacent to the GOES-S spacecraft in addition to transient currents on the vehicle umbilicals. GOES-S, which is scheduled…Read More
JPSS-1 (Joint Polar Satellite System), the second next-generation NOAA polar-orbiting operational environment spacecraft, launched from Vandenberg Airforce Base in California on November 18, 2017 atop a Delta II rocket. JPSS-1 will provide forecasters and scientists with global coverage of severe weather events, in addition to advanced atmospheric, sea, and terrestrial monitoring capabilities.
SLS worked with the NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration Launch Services Program (LSP) to deploy a Jupiter OLS system to provide precision lightning monitoring for the upcoming GOES-S mission from Launch Complex 41 (LC-41) at the Kennedy Space Center. GOES-S will be the second next-generation NOAA weather satellite slated for placement in geostationary orbit, following the successful…Read More
SLS’ Jupiter Optical Lightning Surveillance System high-speed camera (3200 frames /per second) captured this negative polarity cloud-to-ground lightning discharge at Launch Complex 41, Kennedy Space Center.Read More
SLS' Dr. Carlos Mata and Dr. Dustin Hill visited Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Al Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) last week. Carlos and Dustin worked directly with Tecon, the UAE’s largest supplier of electrical products and services, to introduce SLS’s state-of-the-art Jupiter line of lightning monitoring products as well as consulting services to various municipality, civil, military,…Read More
Orbital ATK, with the support of Space Florida, successfully launched a Minotaur IV rocket in the early morning hours of August 26, 2017 from SLC-46 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS). The Minotaur IV, the first launched from CCAFS, carried the U.S. Air Force’s Operationally Responsive Space-5 (ORS-5) spacecraft into orbit.
Scientific Lightning Solutions, LLC (SLS) was asked…Read More
Multi-ground termination lightning strike at Kennedy Space Center, August 16, 2017. The SLS high-speed camera system was monitoring NASA’s TDRS-M payload at Launch Complex 41 (pictured).Read More
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