*ISTA3*: 3rd generation Interoperability for Aeronautics Sub-contracTors
ISTA3 has been initialized by the *Pôle Grand-Sud-Ouest (PGSO)*, one of the funding research pole of the Virtual international Laboratory for corporate interoperability (Laboratoire international Virtuel pour l’Interopérabilité d’Entreprise INTEROP-VLab (www.interop-vlab.eu)), and the project takes benefit of the skills acquired by partners in European projects INTEROP and ATHENA.
Most of ISTA3 partners are located in Aquitaine and Midi-Pyrénées, but also in Pays de Loire and Nord-Pas de Calais regions. The project has been labeled by the Aerospace Valley Pole (Aeronautics, Space, Onboard systems) in Aquitaine/Midi-Pyrénées and received support of the alliance of the *3 aerospace clusters*: *Astech* (Paris Aerospace cluster) and *Pegase* (PACA Aerospace cluster).
It has also been labeled by *EMC2 pole* (Metallic assembly and complex composites) in Pays de la Loire region, for an additional module.
The project has been elected by the 6th FUI (Fonds Uniques Interministériels - Unique interministerial funds-) from Central Direction of Competitiveness, Industry and Services (DGCIS) of the Ministry of Economy, Finance and Industry, and the approval of funding *associates regional agencies (regional council, chamber of commerce and industry...)*.
It is handled by a consortium, constituted of 13 partners: aerospace industry, research and development centers (private laboratories and universities), training organization, IT companies. *GFI group handles the project.*