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Thunderstorm Detector

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Thunderstorm Detector

    • Stand-alone, single site lightning detection and ranging system with a maximum range of 83 km (51 miles)
    • Optional direction finding capability
    • Total lightning activity – detects all the flashes in the storm, not just cloud-to-ground
    • Immune to man-made radio interference
    • Very low maintenance requirements
    • Provides additional warning for overhead thunderstorm development, before the first lightning flash occurs
    • Designed to meet US Federal Aviation Authority performance requirements for aerodrome lightning detectors
    • High lightning detection efficiency with low false alarm rate
    • Customizable thunderstorm proximity alerts
    • Thunderstorm Detection
    • Airport and Aviation Meteorology
    • Weather Reporting Services

    • Maximum reporting range
    83 km (51 miles), reported to nearest 0.01 km
    • Customizable lightning proximity alerts?
    Yes, four proximity alert ranges can be chosen between 2-83 km
    • Flash detection efficiency
    >95% for all lightning types
    • False alarm rate
    <2%
    • Flash location accuracy
    ±5 km between a range of 0-20 km and ±10 km between 20-83 km
    • Flash types detected and ranged
    All types – cloud-to-ground (CG), intra-cloud (IC), cloud-to-cloud (CC)
    • Flash polarity, multiplicity and type reporting?
    No
    • Direction finding
    Yes, reported to nearest degree (requires optional module)
    • Update and reporting period
    2s
    • Report time of each flash
    Yes, to nearest 10ms
    • Maximum detectable flash rate
    120 flashes per minute
    • Automatic self-checking
    Yes
    • Detection method
    Passive, quasi-electrostatic (RF for optional direction finder)
    • Operating (listening) frequency
    1-47 Hz for the main unit. The optional direction finder receiving band is ~3 kHz to 1 MHz
    • Filter for RF interference
    Analog front end with additional digital filtering
    • Additional environmental monitoring
    Overhead Cumulonimbus warning via detection of strong electric field and charged precipitation
    • Operating environment
    Designed to meet US FAA harsh weather conditions (FAA class 2)
    • Temperature
    55°C to +60°C
    • Relative humidity
    5% to 100% condensing
    • Wind
    Up to 85 kt (44m/s)
    • Power supply
    110-240V AC supply
    • Power consumption
     <10W (excluding optional 30W enclosure heater)
    • IP rating
    IP66
    • Connections
    Ethernet (default) or RS422 / RS485
    • External indicators
    Status LED
    • Interface
    Computer, with option for additional relay outputs (x3)
    • Visualization software
    Included for use on PC computer systems
    • Weight
    23 Kg
    • Installation site
    Outdoors only, no overhead obstructions

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