[Jean-Francois Clervoy] [NASA Logo]
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058

Biographical Data

NAME: Jean-François Clervoy
ESA Astronaut

Born November 19, 1958, in Longeville-les-Metz, France, but considers Toulouse, France, to be his hometown. Married to the former Laurence Boulanger. They have two children. He enjoys racquet sports, skill games, canyoning, skiing, and flying activities such as boomerang, frisbee, kites. His father, Jean Clervoy (French Air Force, Ret.), and his mother, Mireille Clervoy, reside in Franconville, France. Her parents, Robert and Juliette Boulanger, reside in Le Perreux-sur-Marne, France.

Received his baccalauréat from Collège Militaire de Saint Cyr l' Ecole in 1976; passed Math. Sup. and Math. Spé. M' at Prytanée Militaire, La Flèche in 1978. Graduated from Ecole Polytechnique, Paris, in 1981; graduated from Ecole Nationale Supérieure de l' Aéronautique et de l' Espace, Toulouse, in 1983; graduated as a Flight Test Engineer from Ecole du Personnel Navigant d' Essais et de Réception, Istres, in 1987.

Member, Association of Space Explorers. Honorary member of the French Aeronautics and Astronautics Association.

NASA Space Flight Medal. Chevalier de l' Ordre National du Mérite. Chevalier de l' Ordre National de la Légion d' Honneur. Komarov Award. NASA Exceptional Service Medal.

Clervoy was seconded from the Délégation Générale pour L' Armement (DGA) to CNES (French Space Agency) in 1983, where he worked on automatics and attitude control systems for several satellite projects. He was selected in the second group of French astronauts in 1985 and subsequently undertook intensive Russian language training. After graduating as a flight test engineer in 1987, he spent the next five years part-time at the Flight Test Center, Brétigny-sur-Orge, as Chief Test Director of the Parabolic Flight Program, responsible for testing and qualifying the Caravelle aircraft for microgravity, and part-time at the Hermes Crew Office, Toulouse, where he supported the European Manned Space Programs in the fields of extravehicular activity, rendezvous and docking, robotic arm, and man machine interface. In 1991, he trained in Star City, Moscow, on the Soyuz and Mir systems. In 1992, he was selected to join the astronaut corps of the European Space Agency (ESA). He holds military and civilian parachuting licenses, military and civilian diving licenses, and private pilot license. From 1983 to 1987, Clervoy was also a lecturer in signal processing and general mechanics at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de l' Aéronautique et de l' Espace, Toulouse. Jean-François holds a commission as Ingénieur en Chef de l' Armement in the DGA.

Clervoy reported to the Johnson Space Center in August 1992. Following one year of training he qualified as a mission specialist for Space Shuttle flights. Clervoy was initially assigned to the Astronaut Office Mission Development Branch where he designed a new concept of robotic steering displays. After his first space mission he was assigned as flight software verification lead in the Shuttle Avionics Integration Laboratory (SAIL) and was responsible for designing the International Space Station (ISS) robotics displays for the Astronaut Office Mission Support Branch. Following his second space mission, he was assigned as ISS displays integration lead for the Astronaut Office Computer Support Branch. He flew twice aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis and has logged over 483 hours in space. He served as a mission specialist on STS-66 in 1994, and was the Payload Commander on STS-84 in 1997.

STS-66 (November 3-14, 1994), the Atmospheric Laboratory for Applications and Science-3 (ATLAS-3) mission was part of an ongoing program to determine the Earth's energy balance and atmospheric change over an eleven-year solar cycle. Clervoy used the robotic arm to deploy the CRISTA-SPAS atmospheric research satellite 20 hours after lift-off, and logged 262 hours and 34 minutes in space and 175 orbits of the Earth. STS-84 (May 15-24, 1997), was NASA's sixth Shuttle mission to rendezvous and dock with the Russian Space Station Mir, during which he logged 221 hours and 20 minutes in space and 144 orbits of the Earth

JULY 1998

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