The Dassault Falcon 20E-5 D-CMET c/n 329 has arrived at Christchurch International to assist the NASA Gulfstream V N677F in the Deep Wave upper atmospheric research project.
A very apt registration (MET) considering its main occupation. It is well known for its volcanic dust hunting and cloud piercing activities.
It is operated by the DLR (Deutsvhes Zentrum fuerLufund Raumfahrt)n[German Aerospace Centre].
It ferried in from Europe via Brunei, Darwin, Cairns, and Sydney.
See links below for more info on this aircraft and on its research flight.
These two neat photographs have been provided by Matt Hayes.
It has wasted no time and has already completed at least one short mission.