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June 28, 2011

A look at NASA's Orion P3 airplane

We told you yesterday that NASA postponed their plans to send low-flying aircraft over the Baltimore-Washington area to measure air pollution levels so they can raise more awareness of the project. They held a media day today, and videographer Leann Adams went to check it out. Her video is below. And here's the full story Frank Roylance wrote about the project.

Posted by Kim Walker at 7:24 PM | | Comments (3)
Categories: Sky Watching


P3 aircraft emit significant exhaust pollution from their 4 turbo-prop engines - this pollution can be seen as "smoke" in some of video footage.

Will P3's own exhaust "smoke" along its low-level flight path do more harm to environment beneath that flight-path, than P3 research results benefit that environment?

j3cfii, your accusation of hypocrisy is risible.

They are generating a small amount of pollution to measure and hopefully avoid a lot more.

I don't think you have much to worry about in Baltimore, given they are only flying 14 flights in a month. I worked on P-3s for 27 years in Southern Maryland, and they fly there all the time. I live in Jacksonville, Fl. now, home of the biggest P-3 base in the world, and there are 50 or more flying around daily, every day. They fly right over my house doing touch and go's at Cecil Field. True they do produce smoke, which is a pollutant, but it's no where near enough to harm you as a single source of pollution, and again, you are talking about only 14 flights. Rest easy!

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Frank Roylance is a reporter for The Baltimore Sun. He came to Baltimore from New Bedford, Mass. in 1980 to join the old Evening Sun. He moved to the morning Sun when the papers merged in 1992, and has spent most of his time since covering science, including astronomy and the weather. One of The Baltimore Sun's first online Web logs, the Weather Blog debuted in October 2004. In June 2006 Frank also began writing comments on local weather and stargazing for The Baltimore Sun's print Weather Page. Frank also answers readers’ weather queries for the newspaper and the blog. Frank Roylance retired in October 2011. Maryland Weather is now being updated by members of The Baltimore Sun staff

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