Flight tests of a laser radar designed to detect clear air turbulence (CAT) are winding up in Europe, with the goal of reducing passenger and crew injuries by providing sufficient advance warning of an encounter. The ultraviolet (UV) lidar sensor is being tested under the €5.6 million ($7.4 million) Thales-led Delicat program, which is supported by the European Union. Developed by German aerospace center DLR, the lidar has been flown in a Cessna Citation II research aircraft operated by ...

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