NASA study supported by 721st AMOG

NASA maintainers check fuses on the Armstrong Flight Research Center, DC-8 jetliner before takeoff. NASA travels with their on maintainers to help support whatever the required mission is.

NASA maintainers check fuses on the Armstrong Flight Research Center, DC-8 jetliner before takeoff. NASA travels with their on maintainers to help support whatever the required mission is. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Milton Hamilton)

NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center, DC-8 jetliner, sits on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, waiting to take flight over Europe. The DC-8 is used to gather data to support international scientific experiments.

NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center, DC-8 jetliner, sits on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, waiting to take flight over Europe. The DC-8 is used to gather data to support international scientific experiments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Milton Hamilton)

Maintainers from The German Aerospace Center prepare the Advanced Technology Research Aircraft Airbus A320 (D-ATRA), on Ramstein Air Base, Germany for a day of bio-fuel testing. The A320 is the latest and largest addition to the DLR’s research fleet.

Maintainers from The German Aerospace Center prepare the Advanced Technology Research Aircraft Airbus A320 (D-ATRA), on Ramstein Air Base, Germany for a day of bio-fuel testing. The A320 is the latest and largest addition to the DLR’s research fleet. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Milton Hamilton)

Senior Airman Christian Sharpe, 721st Air Maintenance Squadron crew chief, secures a mobile staircase to the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration Armstrong Flight Research Center aircraft on Jan. 18, 2017 at Ramstein Air Base. According to NASA, continued investment and support will create future U.S. aircraft that consume only half as much fuel and generate only one quarter of current emissions compared to aircraft flown today.

Senior Airman Christian Sharpe, 721st Air Maintenance Squadron crew chief, secures a mobile staircase to the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration Armstrong Flight Research Center aircraft on Jan. 18, 2017 at Ramstein Air Base. According to NASA, continued investment and support will create future U.S. aircraft that consume only half as much fuel and generate only one quarter of current emissions compared to aircraft flown today. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kristof J. Rixmann)

Senior Airman Christian Sharpe, 721st Air Maintenance Squadron crew chief, inspects the tire pressure on the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration Armstrong Flight Research Center aircraft on Jan. 18, 2018 at Ramstein Air Base. According to a memorandum of agreement between the 721st AGOW and NASA, the 721st AGOW provided primary parking and towing services for the NASA research aircraft. (

Senior Airman Christian Sharpe, 721st Air Maintenance Squadron crew chief, inspects the tire pressure on the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration Armstrong Flight Research Center aircraft on Jan. 18, 2018 at Ramstein Air Base. According to a memorandum of agreement between the 721st AMOG and NASA, the 721st AMOG provided primary parking and towing services for the NASA research aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kristof J. Rixmann)

The United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration Armstrong Flight Research Center DC-8 aircraft, known as the “Flying Laboratory,” on its way to Germany for a three week study on more efficient biofuels to decrease aircraft emissions. To carry this study out, NASA and the German Aerospace Agency required assistance from the 721st AGOW.

The United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration Armstrong Flight Research Center DC-8 aircraft, known as the “Flying Laboratory,” on its way to Germany for a three week study on more efficient biofuels to decrease aircraft emissions. To carry this study out, NASA and the German Aerospace Agency required assistance from the 721st AMOG. (Photo courtesy of NASA)

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany -- The 721st Air Mobility Operations Group provided aircraft ground service support to the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration Armstrong Flight Research Center and to the German Aerospace Agency as they performed a study on biofuels from Jan. 17 to the 19 on Ramstein Air Base.

According to NASA, the objectives of the study are to examine the effects of alternative fuels and engine technology on aircraft emission. Other objectives include evaluating the performance of new instruments and inlets for potential use in future earth-science missions.

Scientists believe this research will help lead to more environmentally-friendly fuel designs and decrease the formation and persistence of an aircraft’s contrails, the condensed white streaks of vapor left by an aircraft.

The study is known as the NASA DLR Multidisciplinary Airborne Experiment and Emission and Climate Impact of Alternative Fuel research projects.

To carry this study out, NASA and the German Aerospace Agency required assistance from the 721st AMOG.

According to a memorandum of agreement between the 721st AMOG and NASA, the 721st AMOG provided primary parking and towing services for the NASA research aircraft. They provided an aircraft ground power unit, a heater cart for ground maintenance, gaseous nitrogen for aircraft landing gear and tires, and breathing oxygen to service the aircraft’s cabin emergency oxygen system. A staircase truck for personnel to board the aircraft, a baggage conveyor capable of unloading support equipment, and lavatory services were also provided by the 721st AMOG to NASA.

The 721st AMOG, additionally, supported NASA with office space and Wi-Fi to help carry out the research experiment.

The support was necessary to ensure NASA smoothly carries out their mission.

The services provided by the 721st AMOG allowed NASA to reach closer to their aeronautics research goals.

According to NASA, continued investment and support will create future U.S. aircraft that consume only half as much fuel and generate only one quarter of current emissions compared to aircraft flown today.