AN ASSESSMENT OF THE EFFECT OF SUPERSONIC AIRCRAFT OPERATIONS ON THE STRATOSPHERIC OZONE CONTENT

An assessment of the potential effect on stratospheric ozone of an advanced supersonic transport operation is presented. This assessment, which was undertaken because of NASA's desire for an up-to-date evaluation to guide programs for the development of supersonic technology and improved aircraft engine designs, uses the most recent chemical reaction rate data. From the results of the present assessment it would appear that realistic fleet sizes should not cause concern with regard to the depletion of the total ozone overburden. For example, the NOx emission of one type designed to cruise at 20 km altitude will cause the ozone overburden to increase by 0.03% to 0.12%, depending upon which vertical transport is used. These ozone changes can be compared with the predictions of a 1.74% ozone decrease (for 100 Large SST's flying at 20 km) made in 1974 by the FAA's Climatic Impact Assessment Program.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Ames Research Center

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Moffett Field, CA  United States  94035
  • Authors:
    • Poppoff, I G
    • Whitten, R C
    • Turco, R P
    • Capone, L A
  • Publication Date: 1978-8

Media Info

  • Pagination: 60 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00186539
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NASA-RP-1026
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 27 1979 12:00AM