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Plane-mounted cameras detect volcanic ash over Etna

December 8, 2011

Plane-mounted cameras detect volcanic ash over Etna

14:35 8 December 2011

The ash-detecting camera developed by a Norwegian technology start-up and funded by UK budget airline EasyJet lived up to its soot-spotting promise over Mount Etna this week.

The camera was fitted to a tiny plane that circled Sicily’s three-kilometre-high volcano as part of the airline’s attempts to perfect technology for detecting the warning signs of an impending ash cloud.

EasyJet’s test flight managed to successfully detect ash in the air just as the IR camera’s inventor, Fred Prata, had predicted – and with low false-positive rates too. The airline wants to introduce the camera into its fleet of 200 commercial planes.Read the full article here.

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