The volcanic ash sensor has been successfully tested on an airplane.

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The volcanic ash sensor has been successfully tested on an airplane.


21.11.2013. The flight test of an experimental technology called Avoid has proven successful. Avoid - an infrared camera capable of detecting ash cloud particles before the aircraft could collide with them.

Volcanic ash from the volcano of Iceland left most of the North European aviation on 2010 during the week on earth.

The Avoid experiment was launched by the companies Airbus, Easyjet and Nicarnica Aviation and was conducted in the Bay of Biscay in the eastern Atlantic. A400M cargo aircraft scattered ash from that volcano in Ireland at an altitude between 9,000 and 11,000 feet (about 3 km.), Recreating the conditions of the year 2010. The test cloud, which contained particles that were invisible to the naked eye, was two miles in diameter.

Airbus A340-300 - the plane equipped with the Avoid device, flying up to the ash cloud, discovered and identified it from a distance of 50 km. In the future, Airbus plans to equip airplanes that fly in areas at risk of volcanic ash.

Recall that in 1982 year ignited all four engines aboard British Airways Boeing 747, After that, he flew into a cloud of ash near Indonesia. The plane descended almost to 6 km. Before the team could restart the engines.

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