December 17, 2003

Microgravity

Objectives

The Microgravity program enables some fundamental phenomena to be better understood, including the impact of the weightlessness on living organisms and material on board the International Space Station.

The Microgravity Fields are

  • Life sciences in microgravity
  • Condensed Matter Physics

The CPS

Every year, CNES calls for scientific proposals from space laboratories.

These proposals in the field of Microgravity Sciences are examined by thematic working groups of experts who are in charge of évaluating the research needs in each discipline. They ensure the connection with the CPS (Committee of the Scientific Programs) which prepares the scientific decisions taken by the Board of directors of CNES.

CPS examines the scientific interest of the research programs submitted to CNES as well as the scientific and technical capacity of the proposing laboratories. It emits notices and propositions on the research programs. It formulates, considering the available means, any useful propositions concerning the development of the space research in France.

Composed of a maximum of twelve members chosen by supervisory ministries, it gathers personalities of the scientific world. Its Chairman is chosen on proposition of CNES.

Learn more by visiting the CADMOS Website (in French)

The center for the development of microgravity applications and space operations ([no-lexicon]CADMOS[/no-lexicon]) was formed by CNES and is available to teams for preparing experiments which require a micro-gravity environment. The CADMOS plays the role of mission, operation and control center.

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