BROOK PARK -- NASA Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field showed off their modified engine test facility to NASA administrator Charles Bolden this afternoon.
Jet engines can now be tested in in-flight conditions where an ice crystal phenomenon occurs.
The phenomenon occurs when super moist air, usually around the tropics, is pulled into the upper super cooled atmosphere.
After the crystals form they migrate out and pilots who normally fly around the storms end up not realizing they are flying into the crystals.
Since 1988 over 150 flights had unexplained loss of power and altitude drops.
The chambers allow technicians to lower the air pressure and spray super cooled water in to the engines.
They can then test how the engines perform.
Current pilot radar cannot show the presence of ice crystals.
The hope is to develop technology to assist pilots to avoid flying into these conditions making air travel safer.