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  • Programma Nazionale di Ricerche in Antartide (PNRA), Italy, is the main funding agency of the APE-GAIA campaign; it supported the development of Italian instruments, and contributed to their integration on board the aircraft.
  • Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (ASI), Italy, supported the development and the integration of most Italian instruments.
  • European Union (EU), supported the development of some scientific instruments.
  • Bundesministerium für Bildung, Wissenschaft, Forschung und Technologie (BMBF), Germany, supported the development of German scientific instruments.
  • The project has also been made possible by contributions from the individual institutions which developed the scientific instruments.


  • Myasishchev Design Bureau (MDB), Russia, is the company which designed and manufactured M55 aircraft; it is in charge of modifications, technical support and operation of the M55-Geophysica platform.
  • Aviaecocentre Ltd. (AEC), Russia, is the company in charge of operative, financial and logistical management and scientific support of the M55-Geophysica platform.

  • MIPAS-STR: Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung, Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe (IMK-FZK), Germany
  • SAFIRE-A: Istituto per la Ricerca sulle Onde Elettromagnetiche "Nello Carrara" (IROE-CNR), Italy
  • GASCOD-A: Istituto per lo Studio dei Fenomeni Fisici e Chimici della Bassa e Alta Atmosfera (FISBAT-CNR), Italy
  • ECOC, ACH, FLASH: Central Aerological Observatory (CAO), Russia
  • FISH and FSSP-300: Institut für Stratosphärische Chemie, Forschungszentrum Jülich (ICG-FZJ), Germany
  • FOZAN: CAO, Russia and FISBAT-CNR, Italy
  • HAGAR: Institut für Meteorologie und Geophysik, J.W. Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany
  • MAS: Istituto per la Fisica dell’Atmosfera (IFA-CNR), Italy
  • mini-COPAS: Institut für Physik der Atmosphäre, University of Mainz, Germany; ICG-FZJ, Germany; and IFA-CNR, Italy
  • ABLE: La Sapienza University, Rome, Italy
  • MAL: Observatory of Neuchâtel, Switzerland

CO-ORDINATED ACTIVITIES (list under process)

  • British Antarctic Survey (BAS), United Kingdom
  • Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI), Finland
  • Istituto per la Fisica dell’Atmosfera (IFA-CNR), Italy
  • Dirección Nacional del Antártico/Istituto Antártico Argentino (DNA/IAA), Argentina
  • Instituto Nacional de Técnica Aerospacial (INTA), Spain
  • Centro Austral de Investigaciones Cientifica (CADIC), Argentina
  • Estaciòn de Vigilancia Atmosférica Global (VAG), Argentina
  • Servicio Meteorológico Nacional (SMN), Argentina
  • Comisión Nacional de Actividades Espaciales (CONAE), Argentina
  • Universidad de Magallanes (UMAG), Chile