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A Brief History of Laser Guided Lightning Discharge Models and Experiments.
Final rept. 23 May-27 Jun 94,
PHILLIPS LAB HANSCOM AFB MA
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Laser guided lightning discharge uses lasers instead of rockets to trigger lightning. Artificially triggered lightning has several important applications including aerospace vehicle launch protection and electrical power line transmission protection, among others. A brief history of the theoretical models used to predict triggered lightning, the experimentation completed with rocket triggered lightning, and the work completed on laser guided lightning discharge is presented. A bibliography of work related to lightning modeling, rocket-triggered lightning, and laser-triggered lightning is also included.
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