NASA will collaborate with the National Council of Canada and the German Aerospace Center to examine the interaction between alternative fuel emissions from planes and Earth’s atmosphere.
The three organizations will start the flight tests May 7 at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in California under the Alternative Fuel Effects on Contrails and Cruise Emissions program, NASA said Thursday.
During a series of ground and flight tests last year, NASA found that a blend of aircraft biofuels could lead to substantially lower emissions of black carbon, sulfates and organic compounds.
NASA launched the ACCESS program in 2009 with the aim of helping industry adopt low-carbon propellants and other alternative jet fuels.
The U.S. space agency says it will share ACCESS study findings with the International Forum for Aviation Research.