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Revision A, April 8, 1976

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SPACE SHUTTLE PROGRAM - LIGHTINING PROTECTION CRITER

Includes all amendments and changes through Change 2, April 8, 1976


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INTRODUCTION. The Space Shuttle vehicle may experience lightning in flight even though launch restrictions will be imposed. In addition, the system will be exposed to lightning on the ground and possibly during other mission phases.

The Space Shuttle system, including the vehicle and where major tests or operations are performed, shall be designed to accept the lightning flash, as defined in this document, directly to the system during either preflight or inflight operations without affecting any equipment in such a manner as to endanger personnel safety, mission success, or to delay a launch.

This document defines the lightning environment for design and imposes the requirements that the design must satisfy to insure the protection of the Space Shuttle vehicle system from the direct and indirect effects of lightning. Specifications, criteria, and guidelines included in this document provide a practical and logical approach to the protection problems.

Protection against the indirect effects of lightning is intimately involved with the electromagnetic compatibility and electromagnetic interference functions. While this document does not deal specifically with electromagnetic compatibility and electromagnetic interference, it does deal with the interactions between lightning protection measures and Measures employed for electromagnetic compatibility and control. of electromagnetic interference.

In cases of conflict between the contents of this document and other specifications or criteria relating to lightning protection, this document shall govern. Deviations shall he canted only upon the concurrence of the Lightning Protection Committee and the approval of the Space Shuttle Configuration Control Board Level II.

The cords may, shall, and should have a specific meaning in this document. See Appendix G for definition.