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NASA technology to help airlines save fuel, time

  • Two US airlines will soon begin testing a new NASA-developed software that is designed to help air carriers save time, cut fuel consumption and carbon emissions.

    During the next three years, Virgin America and Alaska Airlines will use the Traffic Aware Planner (TAP) application to make "traffic aware strategic aircrew requests" (TASAR), the US space agency said in a statement. TAP connects directly to the aircraft avionics information hub on the aircraft.

    "It reads the current position and altitude of the aircraft, its flight route and other real-time information that defines the plane's current situation and active flight plan,” explained David Wing, TASAR project lead at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. (Source: IANS)