Satellite data save fuel


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A 5% savings of aviation fuel on transoceanic routes may be an unexpected fringe benefit of basic research on the earth's ozone layer.

A Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer (Toms) on the Nimbus 7 satellite, placed in polar orbit by NASA in 1978, measures ozone in the atmosphere with an efficiency that allows the mapping of ozone distribution patterns around the globe. Distinctive ozone patterns mark the location and intensity of the jet stream, where aircraft fuel saving may occur.