For the 10th anniversary of the European network of instrumented aircraft for research in environmental and geo-science, an international conference will be organized in Toulouse at the Météo-France conference centre during the last week of October 2010. All scientists involved in airborne research will be invited to exchange knowledge and experience and contribute to a forward-look on user requirements and operators’ development strategy. There will be a special focus on open access to airborne research infrastructures, joint development of a heavy-payload and long endurance aircraft, availability of a stratospheric aircraft in Europe and the development of UAS for environmental research.
Following the scientific conference, the Supporting Activity aims to organize an exhibit of research aircraft, where decision makers will be informed of the recommendations from the meeting on the future of airborne geo-science. They will also be able to inspect research aircraft from both Europe and the US, to witness inter-calibration flight experiments, and to debate the benefits of open access and the constitution of a sustainable structure for the coordination of the European fleet.
The first day of the aircraft exhibition will be reserved for institutions and professionals and the second and third days will be open to the public. With most of the international research aircraft based at the airport for three days, the operators will benefit, for the first time, from an opportunity to inter-calibrate their measurement systems. SMEs involved in airborne equipment will be invited to advertise their most sophisticated products and know-how, and they will reach a very large collection of aircraft operators and academic laboratories involved in airborne measurements. Finally the public, by visiting instrumented aircraft on the ground and observing real research flights, will better understand the rationale for the development of cutting edge research infrastructures.
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