The BTD-300 Thunderstorm Detector is a standalone sensor that reliably detects the presence of all forms of lightning to a range of 83 km.
The BTD-300 Thunderstorm Detector is a standalone sensor that reliably detects the presence of all forms of lightning to a range of 83 km. The unique quasi electrostatic operating principle gives the detector a very low false alarm rate and the ability to warn of the risk of overhead lightning.
The ability to reliably detect and range cloud-to-cloud lightning, which is typically much more common than cloud-to-ground strikes, makes the BTD-300 much more sensitive to the presence of storms compared to devices that rely on radio detection. The electrostatic operating principle allows the sensor to warn of the risk of overhead lightning before the first discharge occurs.
Virtually maintenance free in operation, the BTD-300 can either interface directly to an integrated system or be operated using the supplied PC compatible display and logging software. The optional warning relay module allows the sensor to automatically sound alarms whenever a storm approaches.
- Detects cloud-to-cloud and cloud-to-ground lightning
- 83 km detection range
- Warns of overhead lightning risk
- Meets Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) performance requirements for aerodrome use
- Optional direction finder
- Highly immune to radio interference
- Very low maintenance requirements
|Detects||Cloud-to-cloud, cloud-to-ground and intra-cloud lightning discharges|
|Output||Ethernet or Serial data (RS422)|
|Range||83 km (51 statute miles)|
|Detection efficiency||95% for single lightning flash (any type)|
|99% for storm with 2 flashes|
|99.9% for storm with 3 flashes|
|For flashes within 56 km|
|False alarm rate||<2%|
|Range Measurement||0 to 20 km ± 5 km|
|Error||20 to 83km ± 10 km|
|Maximum flash rate||120 per minute|
|Time of flash||Nearest 10ms (internal clock)|
|Measurement principle||Passive, quasi-electrostatic. No moving parts|
|Direction (optional)||Reported to nearest degree|
|Sensor Power||110 to 240 Vac 50-60Hz Universal|
|Operating Temperature||-40°C to 60°C|
|Operating Humidity||5% – 100% RH|
|Weight (Sensor Head)||25kg|