NASA, Canada Set Out to Prove Benefits of Alt-Fuels in Aviation

The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) has signed a collaborative agreement with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to study the atmospheric effects of emissions from jet engines burning alternative fuels.

Under the collaboration, NRC will take part in NASA's ACCESS II project, the Alternative Fuel Effects on Contrails and Cruise Emissions, which will be staged from NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, Calif.

The objective is to obtain in-flight airborne emission measurements and contrail characteristics from aircrafts burning both conventional jet fuel and blended alternative fuels. The companies plan to report this flight test data to the International Forum for Aviation Research to aid in the qualification and acceptance of the use of biofuels in aviation.

Testing will involve the deployment of NRC's CT-133 aircraft to Palmdale, Calif., to fly alongside aircrafts from NASA and the German Aerospace Center.

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