Novespace usually organizes five to six scientific flight campaigns every year, with up to 18 parabolic flights annually.
These campaigns are conducted in rotation for space agencies, Novespace’s main clients:
However, Novespace may group, on the same standard mission, several users sharing the aircraft’s resources and the costs of the mission. The ESA, CNES and DLR may take part in the same campaign, for example.
The campaigns are mainly organized from Bordeaux-Mérignac airport, with some flying from Dübendorf military airbase in Switzerland.
Scientific campaigns since 1988
Novespace conducted its first scientific parabolic flights from 1988 to 1995 with the Caravelle Zero G. The Airbus A300 Zero G was then brought into operation from 1997 to 2013, and replaced in 2015 by the Airbus A310 Zero G.
At the end of 2017, Novespace had conducted 133 campaigns.