Optical Transient Detector (OTD)

Optical Transient Detector (OTD)

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Optical Transient Detector (OTD)

OTD was the first lightening imager in space. It was an engineering prototype for LIS.

On board MicroLab-1

Launched from a Pegasus rocket in April of 1995, the MicroLab-1 was a low orbit imaging microsatellite only 740 km high. The OTD was one of two instruments it carried. The GPS/Meterorology (GPS/MET) being the other.

More information

See Michael J. Peterson's website for more information.

Paul interned under research professor Dr. William Boeck in 1994 to help produce the data processing software prior to the launch of MicroLab-1.


  1. Use software to remove false lightning data caused by electrical interference.
  2. Handle de-synchronization of the data stream automatically.
  3. Handle any data corruption automatically.