Launch Weather Decision Support System (LWDSS)

LWDSS is an atmospheric profiling instrumentation, integration, decision support, and visualization system that provides real-time continuous observations and nowcasting tools to support spaceports and ranges. LWDSS components include:

  • Meteorological instrumentation for continuous measurements of atmospheric conditions at the surface and aloft
  • Real-time monitoring of lightning activity and triggered lightning potential
  • Continuous monitoring of precipitation ranging from thunderstorms to snow using weather radar
  • Provision of high-resolution WRF forecasts including wind velocities up to 100 kft Above Ground Level (AGL)
  • Detailed forecast planning and meteorological support starting on-site at T-2 days through launch and recovery
  • Custom decision support products designed around vehicle and launch criteria
  • Meteorological support leading up to and including Day of Launch and recovery.