SpaceX Falcon 9 Test Stand

SpaceX tests its Falcon 9 rocket first stage boosters at their state-of-the-art test facility in McGregor, Texas. SLS was tasked by SpaceX to evaluate the lightning susceptibility of the first stage booster while it is affixed to the test stand. SLS performed detailed Monte Carlo lightning risk assessments to determine where lightning is most likely to attach to the facility given the current lightning protection system.

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