Accession Number : ADA131409

Title :   The Rocket-Triggered Lightning Investigation: 1981 Progress Report.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Oct 80-Sep 81,


Personal Author(s) : Schubert,Charles W , Jr ; Richmond,Richard D

PDF Url : ADA131409

Report Date : May 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 83

Abstract : The 1981 progress of the Rocket Triggered Lightning Investigation program is reported. In a Lightning Strike Object (LSO) was designed, fabricated and instrumented. A Lightning Strike Scaffold capable of elevating the LSO above the ground plane was constructed atop South Baldy Mountain, near Socorro, New Mexico. During the summer thunderstorm season, the LSO was hoisted into the Strike Scaffold and was subjected to over forty nearby and attached triggered lightning strikes. The recorders available for the 1981 program were insufficiently responsive to provide high quality data on lightning interaction characteristics; however, all sensors and data links where proved to be operable. The primary finding was that lightning-object interaction data can be reliably and repeatedly acquired through the directing of triggered lightning to an instrumented target object. The report includes a detailed description of the system developed for the program, a discussion of system limitations, and results of the effort as of September 1981.

Descriptors :   *Test equipment, *Measuring instruments, *Lightning, *Atmospheric electricity, Methodology, Instrumentation, Rockets, Wire, Trigger circuits, Detectors, Platforms, Ground support equipment, Data acquisition, Electromagnetic fields

Subject Categories : Atmospheric Physics
      Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE