Lightning at Kennedy Space Center.
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EASTERN SPACE AND MISSILE CENTER PATRICK AFB FL
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The Kennedy Space CenterCape Canaveral Air Force Station KSCCCAFS area borders the area of highest frequency of thunderstorms in the United States Fig. 11. Since the majority of the thunderstorms occur in the summer months, lightning frequencies in the area during these months approach the highest level of any location in the world. This high level of frequency presents three major problems danger to personnel damage to equipment and property and loss of time in order to minimize the previous items. Two major lightning detection systems currently in use in the KBCCCAFS area are the Launch Pad Lightning Warning System LPLWS and the Lightning Location and Protection LLP system. Lightning activity in the KSCCCAFS area is both a curse and a blessing. The high lightning frequency is a threat to life and slows space vehicle operations. Yet, the presence of numerous lightning strikes as well as sophisticated lightning detection systems make KSC an ideal location for lightning research to perfect lightning detection and protection.