Jean-François Clervoy


Born 19 November 1958, in Longeville-les-Metz, France. He considers Toulouse, France, to be also his adopted 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 and her parents reside near Paris, 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. Clervoy is Ingénieur Général de l’Armement (French Defense management).


Member, Association of Space Explorers (ASE). Distinguished member of the French Aeronautics and Astronautics Association (3AF). Corresponding member of the Air and Space Academy (ANAE)n and of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA).


Three NASA Space Flight Medals; two NASA Exceptional Service Medals; Officier de l'Ordre National de la Légion d'Honneur; Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Mérite; Komarov and Koroliev Awards from the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale.


Clervoy was seconded from the Délégation Générale pour L' Armement (DGA) to CNES (French Space Agency) when he was selected in the second group of French astronauts in 1985 and started an intensive Russian language training.

From 1987 until 1992 he directed the Parabolic Flight Programme at the Flight Test Centre, Brétigny-sur-Orge and provided technical support to the European Manned Space Programmes within the ESA Hermes crew office.

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.

In 1991, he trained in Star City, Moscow, on the Soyuz and Mir systems. In 1992, he joined the astronaut corps of the European Space Agency (ESA) at the European Astronaut Centre EAC in Cologne.

Clervoy was detached to the NASA Johnson Space Center/Houston in August 1992 to gain the Space Shuttle mission specialist qualifications. In between his space flights, Clervoy was assigned as flight software verification lead in the Shuttle Avionics Integration Laboratory (SAIL) and as robotics display design lead for Shuttle and Station. After his third spaceflight, he provided collateral duties in the NASA-JSC Astronaut Office on “International Space Station display integration lead” within the Space Station Operations Branch.

He flew twice aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis and once aboard Discovery for a total of 675 hours in space.

Clervoy holds military and civilian parachuting licenses, military and civilian scuba-diving licenses, and private pilot license.


STS-66 (3-14 November 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 (15-24 May 1997) was NASA's sixth Shuttle mission to rendezvous and dock with the Russian Space Station Mir. Clervoy's primary tasks were the coordination of the execution of more than 20 experiments, the operation of the docking system and the double module SPACEHAB, and the transfer of 4 tons of equipment between Atlantis and Mir. He was also trained as a contingency spacewalker on this mission. STS-84 was accomplished in 144 Earth orbits and 221 hours and 20 minutes.

STS-103 (19–27 December 1999) was an 8-day mission. The primary objective was the repair and servicing of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), including the replacement of the six gyroscopes, which are necessary to meet the telescope’s very precise pointing requirements. Clervoy was the flight engineer for ascent and entry. He used the robot arm to capture and deploy the telescope, and to maneuver the suited astronauts during 3 eight hours long spacewalks. STS-103 was accomplished in 120 Earth orbits and 191 hours and 11 minutes.


Clervoy is a member of ESA's European Astronaut Corps, whose homebase is the European Astronaut Centre (EAC) located in Cologne, Germany. He is currently seconded to the ATV (Automated Transfer Vehicle) ESA project as Senior Advisor Astronaut in Les Mureaux (France). Clervoy is also assigned as the Chairman CEO of Novespace, the subsidiary of the French space agency in charge of the parabolic flight program based on the A300 ZERO-G.




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