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.
|19 October 1939||CNRS first established.|
|1985||INAG renamed INSU.|
The INSU has no aircraft of its own.
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CNRS-INSU, Campus Gérard Mégie, 3 rue Michel-Ange, 75016 Paris.
All aircraft are operated by the IGN, Meteo-France or CNES.
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