330 – Parabolic Flights at AirZeroG
Guests: Jean-François Clervoy, Eric Delesalle, Hervé Normand, Nicolas Barbotin
Host: Markus Voelter Shownoter: Andy Joiner
When I was in Bordeaux with the DLR to report about their science campaign in September, I also talked to the team from AirZeroG/Novespace about the technical and aviation aspects of parabolic flights. These interviews are in this episode. I chat with Jean-François Clervoy about the history of the company, with Eric Delesalle about piloting the parabolas, with Hervé Normand about the reasons for the potential sickness, and with Nicolas Barbotin about cabin safety. At the end of the episode I also provide some details about the technical problem that prevented parabolas during my own flight with the A-310 ZeroG.
Overview of Novespace00:02:02
Jean-François Clervoy | Atlantis | Discovery | European Space Agency (ESA) | ISS Resupply Ship | Novespace | Airbus A310 | Air Zero-G | Flight Test Engineer | Parabolic Flight | Attitude | Velocity | Initial G | Pitch Angle | Ballistic | Alpha Jet | Mirage 2000 | Caravelle | DLR | NASA | ATV Resupply Ship | Fly-by-wire | Maneuver Margin | Limit Margin | Indicated Velocity | Airbus 300B | Airbus A310 | Supercritical | Trim | Accelerometers | Big City Beats Concert
Aircraft and Flying00:23:38
Eric Delesalle | Experimental Test Pilot | ATR 42 | Flight Engineer | Basic Law | Range -0.5 to +2.5 G | Target -0.05 to +0.05 G | Angle of Attack | Orbit | Elevator | Ground Control | Buffet Zone | Injection | Hydraulic Control (Episode 324 – Air Traffic Control at Heathrow and RIAT) | Preventive Maintenance
Hervé Normand | Professor of Physiology | Université de Caen | Functional Testing | Cardiovascular Deconditioning | Vestibular System | Semicircular Canals | Position of head | Hypergravity | Intracranial Pressure | Scopolamine
Nicolas Barbotin | Chief of Safety (Episode 251 – Flying the F-16 Viper) | Loadmaster | Weight imbalance | Flight Envelope
Markus Experience in Bordeaux01:23:45
Another great episode! Will you publish a new episode when you get the next chance on 0-G flight or will you just update this one? I am looking forward to your experience and thoughts on the actual flight, very interesting topic and fine people participating.
Also, merry Christmas and best of luck in 2020! ;-)
Fantastic episode with really good guests. I think threr might be mor topics located in France. Maybe we can get an episode about the TGV and its development while the people who created it are still alive. It was one of this “this is the future” objects in my childhood like the Space Shuttle.
Good idea. The challenge in France is always to find people who (want to) speak English.
May be a little late for a question: Does an unmodified Airbus fly at zero G? I would expect problems with hydraulics, fule system and lubrication of the engines. Was this mentioned and I missed it?
I think you missed: every Airbus can do zero g for one (maybe two?) minutes. Theirs has no modifications to the systems.
Great episode! I wish that I could fly on this plane but it is so expensive. I hope they can reschedule you soon.
Crap! I accidentally clicked 1 star rating and just dropped this out of the top 10 listener favorites from 4.84 to 4.73. Can you please delete my rating? So sorry!