Lightning Position and Tracking System (LPATS)

The Lightning Position and Tracking System (LPATS) is a personal computer (PC)-based system used at NASP that receives, processes, and displays lightning stroke data via a KU-band commercial satellite. Data is obtained from the National Lightning Network with the Network Control Center (NCC) in Tucson, AZ. Software provides the user the ability to plot and track lightning data within a user-specified area. The current LPATS system configuration consists of a C-100 Earth Station Satellite receiver (dish antenna), an Equatorial Controller Unit, a Marta System P100 MHz CPU, and a video graphics adapter (VGA) monitor.
Concept Mapping Toolkit
Insitute for Human and Machine Cognition
The University of West Florida