[14/08/2014] Feeling lighter and more confident in his interviews with young scientists, Arthur sets off to learn about one PhD student's experiments that get lighter and lighter themselves...during parabolic flights in zero-gravity! Mouhannad Nassouri studies the phenomenon of combustion in weightlessness, aboard the Airbus A300 ZERO-G.
Combustion experiment during the Zero-G campaigns of March 2013. (Source: Sébastien Rouquette/CNES)
Episode 9: Mouhannad Nassouri, PhD student at ICARE (University of Orléans)
Today, Arthur sets out on an adventure. He drives to Bordeaux, France, near Mérignac Airport, where Novespace is located. This branch of the CNES (National Center for Space Studies) owns and operates the Airbus A300 ZERO-G, capable of flying in parabolic arcs and creating zero gravity conditions.
He meets with Mouhannad, a PhD candidate from Syria who works at ICARE (Institut de Combustion Aérothermique Réactivité et Environnement) under the supervision of Iskender Gökalp and Christian Chauveau. Mouhannad studies the combustion of aerosols in zero gravity and microgravity. He gives Arthur some insight into a new aspect of the PhD adventure: the science thesis.
(For English subtitles, click the Captions icon below the video.)
We thank Sébastien Rouquette for his contribution to this episode, as well as Bernard Zappoli (CNES), Iskender Gökalp, Christian Chauveau et Fabien Halter.
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