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SLS Deploys Jupiter TMS to Monitor NASA Weather Tower

Apr 26, 2019

SLS installed a Jupiter Transient Monitoring System (TMS) to monitor the mains power feed to a NASA weather tower at the Kennedy Space Center.  Recently, the weather tower instrumentation and supporting systems have experienced damage due to lightning strikes.  Jupiter TMS…

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Jupiter OLS/TMS Installed at Launch Complex 46 for Orion AA-2 Mission

Apr 11, 2019

SLS was contracted by NASA to provide precision lightning detection/location services for the upcoming Orion Ascent Abort 2 (AA-2) Mission, which will fly from the newly renovated Launch Complex 46 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.  The AA-2 mission will test the critical launch abort system that will carry astronauts inside the Orion crew capsule to safety…

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SLS Verifies New Launch Complex 46 Lightning Protection System

Mar 26, 2019

Recently, SLS performed the lightning protection system design for Space Florida’s Launch Complex 46 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.  After the system was fully constructed, SLS performed a full lightning protection inspection to verify compliance with the NFPA-780 and AFI 32-1065 standards.  The inspection included a full suite of bonding, ground-to-earth…

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SLS D-dot Sensors Installed At KSC Launch Complex 39B

Mar 07, 2019

SLS was contracted by Jacobs Engineering to provide ruggedized D-dot sensors for Launch Complex 39B (LC-39B) at the Kennedy Space Center.  LC-39B will support future launches of NASA’s revolutionary Space Launch System rocket, designed to carry astronauts to Mars and other deep-space destinations.  SLS installed 10 D-dot sensors around the pad perimeter to sense fast electric…

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SLS Deploys Jupiter OLS and Jupiter TMS For NASA’s ICON Mission

Oct 24, 2018

NASA’s ICON payload, carrying an array of instruments to collect images of the ionosphere and measure characteristics of the space environment, will depart from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Skid Strip in late October aboard a Northrop Grumman Pegasus XL air-launched vehicle.  The Pegasus XL vehicle is ferried to an altitude of 40,000 by an L-1011 aircraft, where it is released and it’s…

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SLS Deploys Jupiter OLS/TMS for Historic Parker Solar Probe Mission

Jul 11, 2018

SLS designed and deployed a state-of-the-art lightning monitoring system for the NASA Launch Services Program (LSP) to provide precision lightning detection, location, and characterization for the upcoming Parker Solar Probe mission, scheduled for launch on August 4th, 2018 from Delta Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.  The mission will launch during the peak of lightning…

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Positive Polarity Cloud-to-Ocean Lightning at Kennedy Space Center

Jun 05, 2018

A high-speed camera located on the roof of NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building at the Kennedy Space Center captured this amazing positive polarity cloud-to-ocean lightning flash on May 17, 2018. The camera is part of the Launch Complex 39B lightning instrumentation system.

 

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RS-68 Rocket Engine Test Firing at Stennis Space Center

May 03, 2018

SLS engineers recently installed two Jupiter OLS system to provide precision lightning monitoring for the B-2 Rocket Engine Test Stand at Stennis Space Center.  During the installation, a test firing of the Aerojet-Rocketdyne RS-68 engine was scheduled.  The RS-68 is used to power the core stage of the Delta IV family of orbital vehicles.  Our team had the excitement of watching the engine test…

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Jupiter OLS Records Early-Season Lightning Near Launch Complex 41

Apr 26, 2018

Florida’s summer lightning season got an early start this year as strong, fast-moving thunderstorms rolled across the east coast earlier this week. During the afternoon hours of April 23, 2018, a Jupiter OLS system at Kennedy Space Center imaged multiple negative-polarity lightning flashes striking ground in close proximity to Launch Complex 41, where the Atlas series of vehicles are launched. 

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SLS Installs Jupiter OLS at the B2 Test Stand at Stennis Space Center

Apr 16, 2018

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…

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