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Triggered-Lightning Avoidance for Space Launches

The Space Vehicles Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory at Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, developed a small sounding rocket to measure vertical profiles of the electric field immediately prior to lighting-triggering attempts using the well-developed “rocket-and-wire” technique. A field experiment was conducted in the summer of 1996, during which 15 pairs of sounding and triggering rockets were launched into thunderstorms, triggering nine lightning flashes.
Lightning ControlSounding Rocket

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