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After turbulence on Singapore Airlines flight SQ321 turned fatal, could lidar-based turbulence detection make air travel safer?

The Boeing 777-200ER is one of a number of commercial airplanes to test a lidar-based turbulence detection system as part of the ecoDemonstrator programme

The Boeing 777-200ER is one of a number of commercial airplanes to test a lidar-based turbulence detection system as part of the ecoDemonstrator programme. Image: Boeing

Long-range lidar technology developed by Boeing in partnership with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) could significantly reduce fatal turbulence-affected flights, like the Singapore Airlines flight SQ321.

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