Frankfurt / Main (dpa): Lufthansa and Airbus are equipping an A350 commercial aircraft to serve as a climate research jet. The core is a 1.6-tonne container that will record about 100 different parameters of trace gases, aerosols and clouds on certain passenger flights from the end of the year. As announced by Lufthansa, conversion work has begun in Malta to install an air intake system on the fuselage of the “Erfurt” aircraft. Measured values for the tropopause region at an altitude of between nine and twelve kilometers are to help improve greenhouse effect research. At this altitude, climate-relevant parameters can be recorded with significantly higher accuracy and temporal resolution on board the aircraft than with satellite or terrestrial measurement systems.
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