AN ANALYSIS OF THE PERFORMANCE OF THE THREE-STATION SPARSA NETWORK FOR DETECTING AND TRACKING THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY.
Instrumentation papers no. 143,
AIR FORCE CAMBRIDGE RESEARCH LABS L G HANSCOM FIELD MASS
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The report presents an operational evaluation of the fully configured, three-station SPARSA network at Cape Kennedy Air Force Station. The purpose of the evaluation was to determine the networks ability to detect and track thunderstorms and to show the growth and decay of active cells in the triangulation area depicted on the display console. The data were collected over a period of 37 days in the summer of 1967 and include a total of 79 thunderstorms. The tests indicate that when manned continuously the SPARSA equipment successfully identified all known areas of electrical activity and in most cases provided ample warnings of storm growth and decay within a 50-mile radius of the Cape Kennedy Control Center. Surface weather observations in and around the triangulation area were used to verify SPARSA information. Author
- Active and Passive Radar Detection and Equipment