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Blue Condor: Airbus’ project to study contrails from hydrogen-powered flight
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Blue Condor: Airbus’ project to study contrails from hydrogen-powered flight
©Airbus

Blue Condor: Airbus’ project to study contrails from hydrogen-powered flight

As part of its hydrogen-powered flight developments, Airbus UpNext, a subsidiary of Airbus, has revealed a flight test programme to study contrails produced by a hydrogen combustion engine.

The project, dubbed Blue Condor, revealed on Wednesday (July 20), will launch two modified Arcus gliders, one equipped with hydrogen combustion engines, and the other with a conventional kerosene-powered engine, to compare contrails emitted at high altitudes.

With test flights scheduled for late 2022, to ensure comparable data between the hydrogen and conventional engine, Airbus has said the test flights will be carried out back-to-back under the same meteorological conditions, in North Dakota, US, in collaboration with the University of Dakota.

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