Operator Profile

Key Facts

Current Title:
Institut National des Sciences de l'Univers
English Title:
National Institute for Universal Science
First Established:
ICAO Code:


Narrative Summary

The Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) is the French national scientific research centre. It was first established in 1939. In 1967 the Institut national d’astronomie et de géophysique (INAG – National Astronomy and Geophysics Institute) was founded. In 1985 the INAG was reorganised as the Institut national des sciences de l’Univers (INSU – National Institute of Sciences in the Universe).

The INAG and later the INSU have designed and installed the sensors and equipment used on several aircraft used for French science programmes, primariy for Atmospheric Research and Remote Sensing. These include the Aero Commander 680FL and Hurel-Dubois H.D.34 of the IGN, the Metro IV and Fokker F27-700 of the Meteo-France ARAT project, and the Falcon 20 of CNES. It does not have any aircraft of its own.

The CNRS-INSU is also heavily involved in the SAFIRE project for Airborne Environment Research, which uses instrumentation provided by INSU.

Key Dates

19 October 1939    CNRS first established.
1967    INAG created.
1985    INAG renamed INSU.

Current Status

The INSU has no aircraft of its own.

Future Plans

No plan known.


Special Markings

Not applicable.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Not applicable.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used


Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Not applicable.

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Not applicable.

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.


Main Headquarters

CNRS-INSU, Campus Gérard Mégie, 3 rue Michel-Ange, 75016 Paris.

Organisational Structure

All aircraft are operated by the IGN, Meteo-France or CNES.

Current Unit Assignments

Not applicable

Historical Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

Not applicable.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

Not applicable.

More Information


French Aviation Bibliography – to be added


No feature articles known.


wikipedia: CNRS
INSU official website
Ancien Avions

Any further photographs illustrating this organisation would be welcome.

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