The initial agreement, signed in 2010, led to
many cutting-edge projects and some important
breakthroughs. For example, regulatory bodies
are using data collected during a high-altitude
flight campaign to establish standards and
compliance measures regarding an aircraft
engine’s ability to tolerate the intake and
impact of ice crystals.
This icing research agreement is but the tip of
the iceberg of cooperation between these
international partners, which goes back more
than 50 years. Both agencies have similar goals
to improve the efficiency, safety, and
environmental compatibility of air
transportation systems, and conduct research and
develop tools that will lead to solutions to
global challenges in aviation.
"Partnerships have been an essential part of
NASA aeronautics activities since the
establishment of its predecessor, the National
Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, in 1915, and
are based on a clear recognition of the value
that's added in sharing knowledge and unique
capabilities with others," Shin said.