Lufthansa and Max Planck Institute Conduct Special Test Flight

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Wednesday, 21 April 2010

On Tuesday, and in cooperation with the Max Planck Institute in Mainz, Lufthansa carried out a measuring flight in order to obtain clear evidence about the concentration of volcanic ash in the airspace over Europe.

The flight was conducted by a specially equipped Airbus A340-600 with the CARIBIC climate research container on board, took off from Frankfurt Airport and spent several hours in-flight collecting measuring data across Europe.

 Scientists at the Max Planck Institute expect the flight to yield the first clear evidence with exact data on the concentration and distribution of volcanic ash over Europe.

At the end of 2004, a European consortium headed by the Max Planck Institute in Mainz launched the long-term atmospheric research project labeled CARIBIC (Civil Aircraft for the Regular Investigation of the Atmosphere Based on an Instrument Container).

 The project employs a specially equipped Lufthansa Airbus A340-600 carrying a scientific measuring container to obtain precise data on the make-up of the atmosphere. A dedicated air inlet system on the fuselage feeds ambient air into the container, which is then evaluated by the CARIBIC flying observatorys diverse measuring systems.

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