The AVOID System designed to allow aircraft to detect volcanic ash plumes and avoid them (Image: Nicarnica Air)
The AVOID camera is designed to mount on conventional aircraft (Image: Nicarnica Air)
An AVOID camera mounted on a light airplane wing for testing (Image: Nicarnica Air)
Side view of the AVOID camera during tests (Image: Nicarnica Air)
The AVOID system detects ash up to 60 miles (110 km) away (Image: Nicarnica Air)
Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland (Photo: David Ka)
A new invention out of Norway promises to keep the skies of the world open. When a volcano in Iceland erupted in 2010, it spewed out invisible clouds of ash that spread across Europe–effectively shutting down all civilian and military air traffic, stranding millions of people and costing the world economy billions of dollars. Now, a new camera has been developed that will allow pilots to see and avoid volcanic dust clouds, making similar eruptions in the future much less disruptive.
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