Faculty Advisor

Orr, John A.

Project Center

Silicon Valley, California


This project involved the design of a new Transient Pulse Monitor (TPM) for the recording of key characteristics of lightning strikes and other transient pulses in the vicinity of spacecraft launch sites, to be used in a comprehensive Online Lightning Monitoring System (OLMS). This report documents the design for implementation on Signatec Digitizer boards, using an internal FPGA for processing, a 16-bit ADC to read sensor signals, and a PCI-X bus to interface with a central server. The design was completed using VHDL and Verilog and simulated. Progress was also made in debugging of the code on the physical FPGA.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2009


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

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