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Lightning Imaging Sensor on ISS (ISS-LIS)

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Status: Future
Mission Category: Other
Launch Date: 2016
Launch Location: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station

In addition to the Lightning Imaging Sensor (LIS) that flew onboard the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM), there are plans underway to fly the LIS flight spare for TRMM on the International Space Station (ISS). The ISS-LIS will provide real time lightning data (one to three minutes latency) using the ISS Low Rate Telemetry channel. This capability was desired by NASA Headquarters and strongly endorsed by a number of NOAA operational partners, including the National Weather Service (NWS) Pacific Region, NWS Ocean Prediction Center, the NWS Aviation Weather Center, and the NOAA National Hurricane Center. The ISS-LIS will provide real time lightning for data sparse regions, especially over the ocean. The ISS-LIS was approved for the International Space Station in mid-April 2013 with launch and operations in early 2016 aboard a SpaceX-10 launch vehicle.

Key Lightning Imaging Sensor on ISS Facts

Launch Vehicle: Space X
Altitude:Distance from sea level. 420km
Inclination: 51.65°
Origination: NASA
Instruments: LIS (Lightning Imaging Sensor)
Project Scientist(s): Richard Blakeslee