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Direct Strike to Launch Complex 39B

May 24, 2022

Launch Complex 39B at the Kennedy Space Center was impacted by a direct lightning strike during the late evening of May 21st (EST). The single stroke flash terminated on the overhead catenary wire lightning protection system.

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Lightning Protection Inspection, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

May 24, 2022

SLS recently performed an extensive lightning protection inspection and bonding measurements on a variety of facilities at Fort Leavenworth in eastern Kansas.

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OLS Monitoring SLC-37 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station

May 24, 2022

A Jupiter OLS system monitoring the SLC-37 area at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station recently captured this negative cloud-to-ground event that terminated very close to the SLC-34 blockhouse.

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Direct Strike to LC-39B: Artemis I Vehicle on the Pad

May 24, 2022

On the evening of April 2, 2022, Launch Complex 39B at the Kennedy Space Center experienced two direct lightning strikes, one negative polarity flash with three strokes and one single-stroke positive polarity flash. These events occurred with the first Space Launch System vehicle on the pad in preparation for the Artemis I Wet Dress Rehearsal. The positive stroke had peak return stroke current in…

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NASA Uses Jupiter OLS To Monitor Space Launch System Rocket

Mar 23, 2022

NASA's first Space Launch System vehicle, which will support the upcoming Artemis I mission, was rolled to Launch Complex 39B last week for the first time for a fueling test and simulated countdown. The Artemis I mission, scheduled to launch from Kennedy Space Center in the May/June timeframe, will launch an un-crewed Orion crew capsule into lunar orbit. The mission will pave the way for NASA's…

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An Early Start to Florida's Lightning Season

Mar 14, 2022

Strong thunderstorms developed yesterday afternoon and evening along Florida's East Coast. SLS' network of Jupiter Optical Lightning Surveillance (OLS) systems at the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Space Force Station captured many cloud-to-ground lightning events during the storms. Images below show lightning events near Launch Complex 36, 37, and 40. Clear-sky reference image overlays…

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SLS at the World Defense Show, KSA

Mar 09, 2022

SLS has partnered with Electric House to participate in the World Defense Show in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia this week. This unique venue brings together exhibitors from across the globe to showcase and demonstrate mission-critical technologies for the future of defense. SLS is highlighting our Jupiter product line of state-of-the art lightning and transient monitoring systems in addition to innovative…

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Texas Capitol Building

Mar 09, 2022

The Texas Capitol is an iconic historic structure that was initially constructed more than 130 years ago. The building is the tallest structure in the immediate area and is in a region that experiences a significant amount of lightning activity. SLS worked with WJE and facility managers from the Texas Capitol to find innovative measures to improve the lightning resilience of the facility without…

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Jupiter TMS Deployed for Landsat 9 Mission

Feb 18, 2022

 SLS worked with a.i. Solutions and NASA to deploy a Jupiter Transient Monitoring System (TMS) at SLC-3E at Vandenberg AFB. The system will provide continuous electromagnetic field and vehicle umbilical current monitoring for the upcoming Landsat 9 mission, a joint effort between NASA and the US Geological…

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Portable Lightning Instrumentation (PLI) System at Launch Complex 41

Feb 18, 2022

On Friday, SLS worked with engineers from NASA's Launch Services Program (LSP) to install the Portable Lightning Instrumentation (PLI) system at Launch Complex 41 to support the upcoming launch of the GOES-T mission. GOES-T is the third spacecraft in NASA/NOAA's next-generation 'GOES-R' series of weather/environmental monitoring satellites. The PLI will measure transient currents on the vehicle/spacecraft…

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