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The following documents are of the highest importance for the programme. All the applicants are strongly encouraged to consult these and take them into account while applying

1. ‘Experiment proposal template’, ESA
This document is to be completed during the selection process.

2. ‘Experiment Safety Data Package’, Novespace
These documents (ESDP and Requirements) are to be completed at the time of the design of the experiment. They include all the technical information regarding safety. Based on this document, the prime contractor will decide whether the experiment is authorised to fly. A first draft version is expected during the selection process and the final version will be prepared before the campaign.

Please note that this document is updated on regular basis. The participants are responsible for downloading the last applicable version before filling it in.

3. 'Experiment report template', ESA
This document serves both as a reference document through the preparation and the execution of the experiment as well as the final report once the programme ends. The selected students will complete this document as the project develops and they will have to re-submit it at specific deadlines.

4. ‘European User Guide to Low-Gravity Platforms’, ESA 
The European Users Guide to Low Gravity Platforms provides an overview of the four low gravity platforms sponsored by ESA, including details of how they are made available to people wishing to use them for either scientific, educational or commercial purposes.

The four platforms covered by this Guide are: drop towers, parabolic flights (Chapter 5), sounding rockets and the International Space Station (ISS).

5. 'Introductory Note', Novespace
The purpose of this document is to provide students with:

  • information regarding technical & safety selection criteria
  • level of information requested for filling the first revision of the ESDP at selection step
  • general advice and tips for managing the project.


6. 'Experiment Design Requirements in Parabolic Flight', Novespace
This document describes the experiment requirements that are designed to maintain the assurance of a safe operation while minimizing, as far as possible, additional workload.

7. 'Experiment Design Guidelines in Parabolic Flight, Novespace
This document complements the requirements document. It provides explanations for the requirements and details, and offers technical solutions for meeting the requirements.

8. 'Novespace A310 ZERO-G Interfaces Document’, Novespace
This document describes the interfaces an experiment can interact with when installed onboard the A310 ZERO-G and shows the limitations that must be respected for safety reasons.

9. 'Novespace Standard Primary Structure Catalog', Novespace
The goal of this document is to provide experimenters with pre-qualified standard primary structure designs and a step-by-step procedure to choose and customize their own experimental rack.

10. 'Terms and Conditions for Participation in ESA Parabolic Flight Campaigns', ESA
This document describes in detail the roles and responsibilities of all the participants in the Parabolic Flight Campaigns. It must be read and understood by all the participants prior to the campaign and includes a statement that must be signed by the students, as well as by the endorsing professor / academic of the selected teams.

11. 'Medical Requirements for Parabolic Flights', Novespace
All parabolic flight participants are asked to comply with medical criteria, in preparation for the campaign. The is the same as that required for astronaut candidates (JAR FCL3 Class 2).

12. Erasmus Experiment Archive, ESA
After every ESA Parabolic Flight Campaign, an abstract of the experiments that flew is included in this database. This resource may be of great help when it comes to defining your project.

Please note that the information detailed above is subject to change without prior notice

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