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Jupiter OLS Captures Direct Strike to VAB

Jupiter OLS Captures Direct Strike to VAB


Two of SLS' Jupiter OLS systems installed at the Kennedy Space Center recently captured orthogonal views of a direct lightning strike to NASA's iconic Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). The strike occurred at night during very heavy precipitation. To clearly illustrate the strike point, the Jupiter OLS systems automatically overlay the raw images with daylight clear-sky reference images (shown). SLS is using ground-truth data captured by Jupiter OLS to evaluate the performance of MERLIN, the Air Force's local lightning location system, for strikes to critical tall structures.

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