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Lecture by former astronaut Jean-Francois Clervoy

Living and Working in Space

In the frame of the Module Emerging Fields in Architecture (*), VUT Vienna

Jean-François Clervoy, successively active French, NASA and European astronaut for 33 years ranks as a 2-star general from DGA (Defense procurement agency) reserve. Born in 1958, JFC graduated from Ecole Polytechnique in 1981, from SupAero college of Aeronautics in 1983 and from Test flying school in 1987. He flew on three missions aboard the space shuttle: in 1994 to study the atmosphere, in 1997 to resupply the Russian space station Mir, and in 1999 to repair the Hubble space telescope.

Among his collateral astronaut duties, JFC worked as ISS crew control displays lead, as senior advisor astronaut for the ESA human space flight programs including the largest ISS cargo resupply ship ATV Jules Verne. He is honorary chairman of Novespace, and founder of AirZeroG, which organizes weightlessness parabolic flights for research and for the public.

JFC holds qualifications as a private pilot, skydiver and scuba diver. He is author, professional speaker, inventor of the Omega Speedmaster Skywalker X33 wrist watch used by ISS astronauts. He is member of several organizations for the promotion of space exploration and for the protection of planet Earth.

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The Module ‚Emerging Fields in Architecture` imparts knowledge about the latest research, design and development in research disciplines beyond mainstream architectural topics. In this module we encourage discussion and ideas that go radically beyond the traditional way of thinking. Our goal is to trigger a process of re-thinking and finding solutions to design challenges using an interdisciplinary approach. For the winterterm 2020, we will look for and trace the topic of ‘essentials’ from various angles throughout the module.

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