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Lightning and the Space Program

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The KSC Lightning Protection System

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KSC operates extensive lightning protection and detection systems. KSC operates extensive lightning protection and detection systems in order to keep its employees, the 184-foot-high Space Shuttle, the launch pads and processing facilities from harm. While the protection system is exclusively on KSC property, the detection system incorporates equipment and personnel both at the space center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS), located just east of the Space Shuttle facility.

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