Design and maintenance can have a significant effect on a runway's surface condition, and bringing your aircraft to an uneventful stop depends on both.
When an airliner slides off the end of a runway, the NTSB often calls upon NASA for help. Why? The ``space agency'' actually has a history of researching runway surface conditions going back to joint projects with the U.S. Air Force in the 1960s. It seems that with the higher tire pressures and faster landing speeds of the then-new jet transports, hydroplaning became a serious problem, which the engineers set out to correct. That effort was reinvigorated as NASA later searched for optimum ...
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