British Airways (BA) has started a year-long volcanic ash monitoring project in partnership with the UK Met Office and Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). A prototype of the ZEUS ash detection device, developed by the Met Office and NERC, has been fitted on a BA Boeing 747 and will monitor small amounts of ash in the atmosphere. This will then be matched up with flight data—including weather conditions, speed, altitude and location—to build up a picture of volcanic ash ...

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