ESA’s Fly Your Thesis Program Takes to the Air

Video Caption: The Fly Your Thesis! programme gives master and PhD candidates the opportunity to fly their scientific experiment or technological research in microgravity conditions. The experiments can be related to fluid physics, chemistry, biology, material sciences, heat transfer and astrophysics.

The parabolic flight campaign takes place on the Airbus A310 Zero-G, which is operated by Novespace from Bordeaux, France. Each campaign consists of a series of three flights of 30 parabolas each. These will provide about 20s of microgravity each.

ESA’s Inaugurates New Zero G Plane

Airbus A310 refitted for parabolic flights. (Credit: ESA)
Airbus A310 refitted for parabolic flights. (Credit: ESA)

PARIS (ESA PR) — ESA, France’s space agency CNES and the German aerospace centre DLR inaugurated the Airbus A310 ZERO-G refitted for altered gravity by running 12 scientific experiments this week.

Repeatedly putting the aircraft on an up-and-down trajectory angled at up to 50° creates brief periods of weightlessness. During the climb and pulling out of the descent, the occupants endure almost twice normal gravity.


New CNES President Promises to Keep French Space Agency as an “Undisputed Leader”

Jean-Yves Le Gall
Jean-Yves Le Gall

PARIS (CNES PR) — The French government has appointed Jean-Yves Le Gall as the new President of the Centre National d’Études Spatiales (CNES), the French space agency.

Born in 1959, Jean-Yves Le Gall graduated from the École Supérieure d’Optique engineering school in 1981 and obtained a doctorate in engineering from Paris-Sud University in 1983. He began his career in 1981 as a CNES grantee/researcher at the LAS space astronomy laboratory, attached to the French scientific research centre CNRS.


SXC Clients Take Wild Zero G Ride

SXC_Zero_G_FlightAMSTERDAM (SXC PR) — Haven’t we all ever dreamed of being able to fly weightlessly and freely through the air one day?

As of the 15th of March 2013, this incomparable sensation is not something only possible in childhood comic book or science fiction heroes, but to everyone.

Thanks to the close collaboration with Spaceport Sweden and with the presence of a host of honor – Mr. Jean-François Clervoy, Chairman of Novespace and ESA astronaut – our own heroes — Ms. Aysal, Mr. Gal and Mr. Shapiro — were among the first private passengers to go through this life-changing experience.


First Commercial Parabolic Flight Takes Place in Europe

Karin and Carina float in microgravity. (Credit: Spaceport Sweden)
Karin Nilsdotter and Carina Johnsson float in microgravity. (Credit: Spaceport Sweden)

By Karin Nilsdotter
Spaceport Sweden
Congratulations to the SXC astronauts that successfully completed their first air ZeroG flight on Friday 15th of March. This was the first ever commercial public flight in Europe arranged by Avico and Novespace and offered through Spaceport Sweden’s space adventures and astronaut training program in collaboration with SXC. We look forward to many more missions offering the unique sensation of weightlessness under the instructions of ESA astronaut Jean-Francois Clervoy.


Commercial Zero G Flights Come to Europe

Paris, 4 December 2012 (Novespace PR) – –
  Who has never dreamed of emulating the astronauts or their childhood comic book or science fiction heroes, flying weightlessly and freely through the air?


Commercial Zero Gravity Flights Coming to Europe

The 'Zero-G" Airbus A300

Zero-gravity experience lifts off at Le Bourget

Once available only to astronauts and scientists, the weightless experience is about to become a bit more accessible, provided you’ve got the cash.

Novespace managing director and ex-astronaut Jean-Francois Clervoy announced Tuesday that he plans to offer commercial flights, including one before the end of this year.

Final approval from France’s civil aviation authority is pending, and the price tag — provisionally set at 4,000 euros (5,700 dollars) — has yet to be finalized.

But Clervoy envisions half-a-dozen sorties a year with 40 passengers each starting in 2012. It would be only the third such commercial service in the world, along with one in the United States and one in Russia.

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Europe Gets into the Zero G Business

$4,000 to ride weightless on Europe’s “Darebus”

“Europe plans to enter the fledgling space tourism market by offering a chance to experience weightlessness to help pay for scientific research.

With Europe’s space ambitions facing a budget squeeze due to the weak economy, the plan to mix science with adventure was unveiled during a ‘zero G’ flight for European officials on a converted Airbus jet…

“Novespace, a unit of France’s CNES space agency and the 17-nation European Space Agency, claims to be leading the field in scientific deployment with a converted Airbus A300 jetliner.”