During the cold winter months many airline passengers know what happens when it’s icy. Not only can it be tough to get to the airport — planes can end up being delayed and/or face de-icing while on the ground. But ice formation in engines while the plane is flying – in certain weather conditions – is also a concern year round. Researchers, including a group from NASA, are in Darwin, Australia during its summer months to study the issue. They are part of an international team working to improve aviation safety by analyzing high altitude ice crystals with the help of a specially equipped French jet. In this video, the French SAFIRE jet with probes installed under the wings and on the nose, and researchers on board, is preparing for a night mission. The rain and storms are actually ideal conditions for these flights as they appear to be where the crystals can form.
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