Within the European ICE-GENESIS project, the Russian aircraft-laboratory Yak-42D “Roshydromet” and the French ATR42 research aircraft from SAFIRE will perform 2 flight test campaigns out of France and Russia representing a total of 75 flight hours. The primary objective is to best characterize snow particle microphysical properties to complement existing partial databases with a set of data for detailed microphysical closure studies of snow crystal populations. These experiments will provide the first modern extensive data set of snow conditions to be taken into account for icing studies and as such will be a unique resource for fundamental research, development of snow capabilities and for airworthiness authorities.

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