Parabolic Flight

In May 2015, an experienced astronaut instructor from Space Applications participated to a Novespace / CNES DLR parabolic flight campaign. He supported the development and preparation of a new parabolic flight training programme for ESA astronauts. During dry-runs, two actual flights and more than 60 parabolas, procedures were exercises and refined in a glovebox mockup, similar to the Biolab Glovebox on the International Space Station, as well as using a power screwdriver, EVA gloves and tethers, as an analogy to the effect of using those tools in Extra-Vehicular Activities (EVA). The campaign was successful and the training programme is ready for implementation with ESA astronauts in future parabolic flight campaigns.

Image courtesy of ESA/EAC

 "This activity was carried out under a programme of, and funded by, the European Space  Agency. The views expressed here can in no way be taken to reflect the official opinion if  the European Space Agency."