The joint research activity ALIDS was conducted under the previous EUFAR contract (2008-2013), and involved the conception, design and development of the ALIDS probe – an airborne spectrometer used to characterise the droplet size in clouds in the range of 20 μm to 200 μm. Led by IRSN, the activity was a joint collaboration involving European scientists from VKI (BE), SAFIRE (FR), UNIMAN (UK), CORIA (FR), COSINE (NL), and COMAT (FR). During the project, the probe was successfully tested in the laboratory and on-board of SAFIRE’s ATR-42 aircraft.
On 24 November 2015, at the 2nd edition of “Gold Nuggets of Research, Technology and Innovation” event during the Normandie AeroEspace Tech Day, Marc Brunel (CNRS-CORIA), one of the scientists working on ALIDS, received one of the prizes awarded to the 12 new research laboratories/ SMEs for their innovative technologies in the fields of robotics, modelling, materials, simulation and system validation. At the award ceremony, the ALIDS research team presented the ALIDS probe and the EUFAR Project Coordinator, Elisabeth Gérard, presented EUFAR’s activities and joint research ventures.
Currently, a version of the probe is being developed to measure high altitude ice crystals by the Pitot probes on airliners under the Airbus project “High Altitude Ice Crystal” (HAIC), which will be advantageous in terms of both security and energy savings.