BackForwardInstrument:  LM 

Instrument details
Acronym LM
Full name Lightning Mapper
Purpose Proxy for convective precipitation, proxy for NOx generation, study of Earth electric field
Short description CCD camera operating at 777.4 nm (O2) to count flashes and measure their intensity
Background New development
Scanning Technique Electronic, 3-axis stabilised satellite, single detector matrix
Resolution TBD
Coverage / Cycle Full disk continuously observed
Mass Power Data Rate


Providing Agency Roscosmos
Instrument Maturity Flown on operational programme
Utilization Period: ≥2025 to ≥2039
Last update: 2018-12-08
Detailed characteristics
Satellites this instrument is flying on

Note: a red tag indicates satellites no longer operational, a green tag indicates operational satellites, a blue tag indicates future satellites

Instrument classification
  • Earth observation instrument
  • Passive optical radiometer or spectrometer
  • Lightning imager
Mission objectives
Primary mission objectives
  • Total lightning density
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Tentative Evaluation of Measurements

The following list indicates which measurements can typically be retrieved from this category of instrument. To see a full Gap Analysis by Variable, click on the respective variable.

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VariableRelevance for measuring this variableOperational limitationsExplanation
Total lightning density1 - primaryNo specific limitation.NIR channel. Continuous monitoring