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 Wentworth Institute of TechnologyJohn Voccio Academic Other Energy Technologies Dr. John Voccio is an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, MA. He has over 35 years of expertise in superconductivity and electromagnetics with interest in turboelectric propulsion for airplanes. Dr. Voccio has contributed to many innovative and patented ideas in his field of superconductivity and is looking to apply his creative problem-solving methods to the contrail problem. He also has many years of experience of writing successful research proposals, leading projects and conducting experiments.

His colleague, Dr. Haifa El-Sadi, is an associate professor with over than 20 years of experience in the aircraft industry and expertise in the fundamental areas of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, experimental design and statistical analysis, computational fluid dynamics CFD, and surface phenomena. She leads the aerospace minor at Wentworth. While in industry, Dr. El-Sadi performed CFD analysis to investigate turbofan blade performance, taking into account such factors as feed pressure, temperature, and mass flow. She also has expertise in gas turbine engine combustion, greenhouse gas emissions and its effect on the environment, in addition to atmospheric layers.

Together, we are looking to lead a group of professors and students at Wentworth to further study contrails by participating in an broad and innovative ARPA-E team of other companies and laboratories. Wentworth is known for its hands-on approach to engineering, so we can support other team members with design, analysis, fabrication and testing of new instrumentation prototypes.


Phone: 617-869-2830

Address: 550 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA, 02115, United States
 Honeywell AerospaceEmily Hellerich Large Business Transportation Honeywell Aerospace products and services are found on virtually every commercial, defense and space aircraft in the world. We deliver improved fuel-efficiency, more direct and on-time flights, safer and more comfortable travel and better flight planning and traffic management. We do this through one of the industry’s broadest and most advanced portfolios including: Electronic Solutions, Engines & Power Systems, Mechanical Systems & Components, Services & Connectivity, and Unmanned Aerial Systems / Urban Air Mobility.

Honeywell is a trusted leader in aircraft sensor development, with decades of experience engineering and manufacturing high-performance navigation and sensor products for commercial, defense, industrial and space applications. Honeywell is interested in collaborations in all three technical areas: Sensor Development, Predictive Modeling, and Observer Data Gathering. Honeywell has turnkey aircraft- and ground- based remote sensing instruments available for data collection, including flight test aircraft with pedigree in targeted weather campaigns for engine and sensor testing including icing, ash and other hazards. Our sensor portfolio includes cutting-edge radar and LiDAR systems capable of remote and in-situ humidity, aerosol, winds and general upper atmosphere characterization. In addition, Honeywell has experience developing flight-certified sensors including advanced weather radars capable of long-range detection of moisture and high altitude ice crystals.


Phone: 763-954-4246

Address: 12001 State Highway 55, Plymouth, MN, 55441, United States
 Aerodyne Research, Inc.Scott Herndon Small Business Other Energy Technologies Aerodyne Research, Inc. (ARI) provides research and development (R&D) services and advanced sensor and software products to industrial, academic and government customers addressing national and international challenges, including: monitoring and enhancing regional and global environmental quality and advancing remote sensing capabilities. Teams of ARI scientists and engineers perform fundamental laboratory and theoretical studies; build, run and analyze complex computer models and system simulations; design and execute mobile and fixed-site field measurements; and develop, demonstrate, and deploy advanced measurement instruments and systems.

We are trying to develop a new compact laser-spectroscopic instrument to measure humidity in the upper troposphere under conditions favoring the formation of persistent aircraft-induced contrails and contrail-cirrus clouds. Our instrument will be aiming at low-power operation, and will be compact enough to be a permanent asset on commercial aircraft for continuous humidity monitoring at cruise altitude as well as during the ascent/descent profiles. We project the capability to measure H2O accurately in conditions in a range equivalent to near-surface and the upper troposphere.


Phone: 978-932-0266

Address: 45 Manning Road, Billerica, MA, 01821, United States
 Continuum Dynamics, Inc.Glen Whitehouse Small Business Transportation CDI is a pioneer in computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and lower order methods development for simulating unsteady fluid dynamics and aircraft/rotorcraft design. Specific expertese includes prediction aircraft aerodynamics and flowfields, wake vortex hazards, wake vortex evolution, mixing and chemical reactions of engine exhaust with wake vortices to form contrails, and wake-surfing/hazard. CDI also has an extensive background in flight vehicle instrumentation, control law development, in addition to physics-based modeling and simulation for flight dynamics and handling qualities.

We are interested in partnering with organizations to address the issues outlined in this RFI.


Phone: 6095380444

Address: 34 Lexington Ave., Ewing, NJ, 08618, United States
 Sandia National LaboratoriesJulien Manin Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) Transportation Dr. Manin is a principal research scientist at the Combustion Research Facility (CRF), part of Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, CA. He is part of the Applied Combustion department and has over 15 years experience in sprays, combustion, soot and optical diagnostics. He has led or participated in many national and international research projects and published nearly a hundred papers in journals or conferences.
His interests are about energy and transportation, and more particularly in combustion and propulsion for high-power density systems. Current research projects include:
- Injection, evaporation and mixing of sustainable aviation fuels (SAFs), including transcritical mixing
- Combustion and emissions of SAFs at relevant aero-engine conditions
- Contrail formation/nucleation from SAF-generated particulate matter
Upcoming research include hydrogen propulsion, as well as investigating the formation of contrail from aircrafts fueled with hydrogen.
The CRF features state-of-the-art capabilities regarding the facilities and diagnostics. High-pressure, optically-accessible chambers are used to investigate sprays and combustion at thermodynamic conditions relevant to aero-engine and other propulsion systems. A new facility expected to be operational starting in FY23Q3 or Q4 will replicate atmospheric conditions at altitude relevant to contrails by tightly controlling pressure, temperature, humidity level, etc. The facility and diagnostics are set to investigate the nucleation of water and ice crystal formation from SAF combustion or homogeneous nucleation into water droplets from hydrogen combustion.


Phone: 925-980-0535

Address: 7011 East Ave, Livermore, CA, 94550, United States
 FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd.Murray Skelton Small Business Transportation FLYHT HQ is Calgary Canada but our US office FLYHT Inc., 4600 South Syracuse, Suite 900, Denver, CO, USA 80237-2719.

Operating since 1998, FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd. is headquartered in Calgary, Canada with offices in US and Germany. FLYHT has a global footprint with sales and installation support in China, South East Asia, the United States and Europe. We provide the airline industry with innovative data solutions to enable our partners to make smart decisions based on Actionable Intelligence to improve operational efficiency, sustainability, and profitability through our extensive hardware, software, weather sensors, and services.

In addition to Satcom solutions provided by the AFIRS 228™, FLYHT leads the charge in the 5G connectivity evolution with the industry-first AFIRS Edge™ WQAR solution to provide powerful situational awareness through real-time data, including an AID and Iridium Certus connection to flight deck EFBs. Our software solutions provide our partners with actionable intelligence that not only solves current problems but prepares them for the future in multiple areas, such as AHMS, Fuel and APU usage, Fleet and Turn management.

FLYHT also offers a range of weather sensors and provides weather sensor data to weather agencies round the world. The FLYHT-WVSS-II sensor meets the demanding needs of Upper Air meteorological data collection from commercial aircraft, providing accurate atmospheric water vapor data with extremely low cost of operations leading to sustainable support to weather forecast and aviation operations. The WVSS-II t sensor together with general weather observations is a key solution for contrail prediction in aviation.


Phone: 1-403-250-9956

Address: #500, 1212 – 31 Avenue NE, Calgary, Alberta, T2E 7S8, Canada
 The Boeing CompanyMingxuan Shi Large Business Transportation As a leading global aerospace company, Boeing develops, manufactures and services commercial airplanes, defense products and space systems for customers in more than 150 countries. Boeing’s diverse team is committed to innovating for the future, leading with sustainability, and cultivating a culture based on the company’s core values of safety, quality and integrity.

We have significant expertise in atmospheric physics modeling and analysis, relevant to helping bring technologies for contrail impact mitigation as well as in maturing data from aircraft meteorological observations for accurately detecting ice supersaturated regions. Our subject matter experts skillsets include contrail formation & evolution modeling, atmospheric & climate modeling, emissions effects (air quality, particulates, climate, ozone layer) assessments, and as well as climate metrics. We have expertise in atmospheric analyses (water vapor, wind, temperature, icing, turbulence, ozone, etc.), satellite-derived contrail detection algorithms, and radiative impact.

We have an active and successful airplane capability (777/787/737 MAX, etc.) and service (Boeing Global Services & Jeppesen) for real-time meteorological observations reporting and flight operational use. This allows us and our customers an improved understanding of the atmosphere, and a precedent for successful sharing of meteorological information within our industry. We understand atmospheric composition measurements through our efforts in flight testing, and have conducted ice supersaturated layer analyses, as well as verification and validation of several meteorological parameters.

Through our many capabilities, we are able to assess what it takes for successful airplane program integration, as well as for individual flight testing efforts. Many of the required needs for maturing water vapor sensors can be met through our calibration labs as well as through our flight-testing programs (e.g. ecoDemonstrator). Engaging with our flight test pilots can provide context for flight operations for introduction into the fleet.

We are interested in all three identified technology areas: 1. Aircraft, Environmental Data and Sensor Development; 2. Predictive Modeling; and 3. Observer Data Gathering System.


Phone: 6782315519

Address: 9902 24th Pl W, Everett, WA, 98204, United States
 GE ResearchLembit Salasoo Large Business Transportation GE Research (GER) together with GE Aerospace (GEA), the world-leading supplier of aviation propulsion, is interested in developing contrail detection and mitigation technology as part of its commitment to aviation sustainability and reduction of global warming. Building on related experience in military aviation applications, GER/GEA is currently involved in several contrail-focused activities in physics-based modeling, data-based modeling, as well as experimentation and testing under representative conditions - all for a range of current and future alternative fuels. Relevant capabilities and resources include
• Fuel combustion test cells with current and advanced sustainable fuel capability,
• Deep and wide understanding of jet engine technology, application, manufacturing, certification, and life-cycle operation
• Experience with developing and utilizing effective physics-based, data-based and hybrid predictive models of complex systems
• Comprehensive fine-grained datasets of contrail formation and climate effects on a global basis
• Comprehensive fine-grained jet engine operational data
• Extensive Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision, Probabilistics, and Uncertainty Quantification expertise
To develop contrail prediction, detection and mitigation technologies, GER/GEA is interested in expanding its teaming with other organizations that have complementary capabilities including environmental sensing technologies and data, atmospheric sciences, aerosol sciences, flight test capability, altitude test capability, open-source software tool deployment and maintenance, and ground-, aircraft- and/or space-based observer systems and data.


Phone: 518 387 5024

Address: 1 Research Circle, Niskayuna, NY, 12309, United States
 SATAVIAAdam Durant Small Business Other Energy Technologies I am CEO and Founder of SATAVIA, a UK-based SME with industry-leading expertise and capability in the prediction and operational management of aircraft contrails. SATAVIA is the leading organisation currently undertaking contrail management in routine commercial aviation, working in conjunction with operators including Etihad and KLM/KLM Cityhopper.

SATAVIA has developed world-class expertise in numerical weather prediction modelling, leveraging recent advances in high-altitude cloud microphysics simulations to predict ice-supersaturated region (ISSR) formation. When coupled with aircraft trajectories derived from filed flight plans, these advanced forecasts enable flight plan modification (both pre-flight and in real-time) for the avoidance of conditions favourable to persistent contrail formation. Post-flight, SATAVIA models achieved climate benefit by using real flown trajectories (verified with ADS-B data) to quantify prevented radiative forcing using best-in-class hindcast data, triangulating modelling with PIREPs and satellite observations.

In 2022, SATAVIA worked with Etihad Airways to integrate contrail management into routine commercial aviation in a world-first contract, implementing SATAVIA technology on frequent flight demonstrations and preventing thousands of tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e). SATAVIA also worked with KLM and KLM Cityhopper in the Skyteam Sustainable Flight Challenge, in addition to achieving several more world-firsts (e.g. transatlantic contrail prevention/contrail prevention and SAF combination).

SATAVIA partners with the University of Cambridge’s Aviation Impact Accelerator, Microsoft, AWS, Capgemini, and other leading stakeholders to ensure scientific excellence and commercial reach. In 2023, we plan to begin scaling across commercial aviation, adding other airlines to our customer roster and expanding our impact on sustainable aviation globally.

We see strong potential for collaboration in the ARPA-E Exploratory Topic focused on aircraft-induced cirrus (AIC), with specific regard to the emissions reduction mission area and the predictive modelling approach technology area. We are also interested in collaborating on verification with appropriate imagery collection and processing, in addition to aircraft sensor development.


Phone: +44(0)7972151454

Address: Park House, Castle Park, Cambridge, CB3 0DU, United Kingdom
 The C-PARC at University of Tennessee Space InsitutePaul PALIES Academic Other Energy Technologies Background:
Dr. Paul P. Palies is Associate Professor and the founding Director of the Combustion and Propulsion for Aviation Research Center (C-PARC) at the University of Tennessee Space Institute (UTSI). He has 15 years of experience in Aerospace and Aeronautics spanning industry and academia research positions. He is a 2% top-cited scientist in this field (Stanford ranking for 2022). He has authored more than 60 conferences or journal publications as well as a book at Elsevier Academic Press. His works has been published in journals such as Physics of Fluids and Journal of Fluid Mechanics. He has given invited Talks to major Institutions (MIT, ORNL, Sandia CRF, University Paris Saclay CentraleSupelec..., ONERA). His laboratory entitled C-PARC initial funding is 1M$. He has led various projects, sponsored by AFRL and NASA.

His current interests are in hydrogen combustion and propulsion system to enable future hydrogen aircraft with focus on premixed flame stabilization and combustion instabilities. He and his research group investigate a wide range of challenges encompassing theoretical, computational and experimental capabilities. The scientific challenges identified by C-PARC are coupled to strong technological and design goals. Premixed combustor enabling hydrogen/air premixed combustion in highly swirled mode is for example one of our particular concept.

C-PARC is interested to be part of an ARPA-E funding opportunity team as a partner to work on contrails formation mechanism from hydrogen aircraft. Our interest specifically spans:
- Impact of engine/aircraft operating conditions/mission profiles
- Impact of mixture equivalence ratio and thus hydrogen species exhaust mass fraction level impact on contrail (if any). Question to be answer : Does water vapor will by itself without soot create a contrail ? Without soot (such as for H2/Air), do there is any contrail?
- Contributing assessing the impact of surface/volume of contrails compared to total cloudiness. Indeed at any instant t on the Earth, it does not seem that contrails take a lot of surface/volume and thus may be overweight in current radiative models.

C-PARC will be producing hydrogen/air jet flame at a range of equivalence ratio and atmospheric pressure. The exhaust obtained could be diluted and cooled down to realistic atmospheric temperature to observe formation of condensation from gaseous water (or not).


Phone: 8609873119

Address: 411 B. H. Goethert Parkway, Tullahoma, TN, 37388, United States
 Michigan Aerospace CorporationWilliam Johnson Small Business Transportation Michigan Aerospace Corporation (MAC) is the premier company in the United States for the development of Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) and related optical systems for atmospheric measurement. MAC holds patents that increase the performance and efficiency of these instruments to unprecedented levels. These capabilities have resulted in hardened systems with the size, weight, and power characteristics that enable operation on demanding aircraft, spacecraft, ship, and ground platforms. The company is organized along core business areas that are managed as Business Units: i) Atmospheric LIDAR Systems to measure atmospheric parameters and constituents from the ground, aircraft, and space; ii) Environmental Sensing, for the development of high resolution sensors and instrumentation for both remote sensing and in-situ applications; and iii) Data Exploitation
MAC has developed and flight tested multiple atmospheric sensors, ranging from airborne ice/liquid/mix phase particles detection, optical air data to atmospheric gas (H2O, N2, CO2, N2O) sensing, and to high altitude atmospheric characterization (temperature, density, winds). MAC personnel has flown over 1000 hrs of flight testing on various flight test platforms (757, Gulfstream, Cessna, Convair, etc.) and are experienced in aircraft instrumentation and integration.
MAC's interest is in the design, build, and testing of an airborne optical atmospheric characterization sensor.
MAC is interested in partnering with a team that is experienced in atmospheric predictive modeling approaches.
Website: Michigan Aerospace Corporation


Phone: 616-490-5066‬

Address: 301 W. Michigan Ave. Suite 319, Ypsilanti, MI, 48197, United States