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ICTS-PAI Aerial Platforms for Research


National Institute for Aerospace Technology (INTA) has a large research facility called "Aerial Platforms for Research (PAI).

INTA Aerial Platforms for Research are a national large-scale scientific and technical facility at the service of the scientific and research community, whose main component is a fleet of aircraft equipped with the necessary instrumentation to carry out airborne experiments.

The main objective of PAI is to provide access to all those users that need an aerial platform to carry out their studies in fields as diverse as:

  • Aeronautical science
  • Atmospheric research
  • Earth observation
  • Research and development of new airborne devices
  • Test that need to be carried out in real flight conditions

Since November 2009, INTA-PAI belong to the Spanish network of Unique Scientific and Technical Infrastructures (ICTS) of the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness (MINECO).

INTA-ICTS-PAI invites scientific or technological partners, whether from public or private sectors, national or international scope, that need for their projects the use of instrumented aircraft.

PAI is in position to be used as a base for any type of airborne scientific and technological experience, always compatible with the selected aircraft. Aircraft have a high degree of adaptability for sensors, equipment and projects.

ICTS-PAI has its base of operations located in the CIAR (Lugo), although the instrumented aircraft can carry out the test campaigns from remote bases, with the operational limitations of the aircraft itself.

aircraft C212 PAI


[Archivado 28-09-2018] Winning proposals of the "Investigations at height" contest of Aerial Research Platforms

Once the evaluation process of the submitted proposals is concluded, the list of the winning proposals is made public.

Detection and characterization of microplastics in the airspace of the urban area of Madrid

Principal investigator: Gerardo Pulido Reyes

Institution/Company: Autonomous University of Madrid and University of Alcalá


Quantification of carbon and water flows in arid zones from spectral information

Principal investigator: Emilio Rodríguez Caballero

Institution/Company: Arid Zone Experimental Station


Characterization of the epikarst: application to the karst massif of the Sierra de las Nieves (province of Málaga)

Principal investigator: Víctor Rodríguez Galiano

Institution/Company:  Sevilla University


[Archivado 14-06-2018] Aerial Platforms for Research-ICTS: campaign to promote airborne research

The objective of this proposal is to promote, among researchers with no experience in the field of airborne research, the use of an Aerial Platform for Research (PAI).  


Aerial Platforms for Research-ICTS starts a campaign to promote airborne research. For this purpose, a zero cost flight will be provided to a selection of research projects.

We wish to inform you that there is the possibility of participating with your project proposals in this call. In the attached files you can find the bases of the selection process, as well as the necessary information in this regard.

Since the objective of the proposal is to encourage the creation of new vocations in the airborne research, the Principal Investigator must have the following requirements:

    1. Not having previously participated in any campaign within the Aerial Platforms for Research - ICTS.
    2. Not having been Principal Investigator within the proposals of the National Plan. 


Attached files:

Competition rules (spanish)

Application Form (Anexo I) (spanish)

Due to the variety of research fields of the ICTS, the members of the evaluation committee have been increased. The members of this evaluation committee are shown in the following document:

Evaluation committee (spanish)