Research platforms

Ever since the first flight by the Russian Yuri Gagarin in 1961, man has never ceased to imagine increasingly innovative ways of entering and living in space.
The International Space Station (ISS) represents a major step forward in understanding and mastering this fascinating world by enabling man to live and work in space,
The ISS and space stations in general are now an effective way to conduct research in microgravity and to access to informations unobtainable on Earth. Indeed, this peculiar physical state that is the microgravity can be achieved on Earth only for a few seconds. However, many experiments require days or months.

What are the different means used for the experiments ?

There are different means used for the experiments:
• The International Space station (ISS), a unique research laboratory,
• The zero gravity A 300 Airbus and its parabolic flights,
• The Russian Photon automated capsule,
• The sounding rockets,
• The free fall towers,
• Simulation studies on weightlessness on the ground.
How it works? How are they used?




This section aims to inform you about the different existing platforms and their usefulness. Here is a general information and a summary on these subjects.
For more information, ESA websites offer extensive information. Feel free to consult them: