The FAAM Airborne Laboratory is undergoing transformative change

With over 20 years supporting science in the skies, the FAAM Airborne Laboratory will now significantly enhance the services it provides, maximise performance as a research facility, and extend its operation to 2040. A £49 million investment by UK Research and Innovation will fund a five-year programme known as the Mid-Life Upgrade. 

FAAM aircraft inside the Hangar

Our three objectives are to:

  • Safeguard the UK’s research capability – allowing the facility to meet the needs of the research community, enhance the range of services available, and respond to environmental emergencies
  • Provide frontier science capability – meeting new and existing research needs and supporting ground-breaking science discoveries, with a flexible and world-class airborne laboratory
  • Reduce our environmental impact – maintaining and improving the performance of the facility, and minimising emissions and resource use from aircraft operation

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The five-year programme plan