A parallel Worlds

Tuesday November 13 2007 / Science & Technology

Experiencing weightlessness used to be the preserve of trainee astronauts and jet-pilots.

Now , a private American company called ZERO G is offering an unforgettable (and sometimes stomach turning) experience

ZERO-G is the first and only FAA-approved provider of commercial weightless flights for the general public; The ZERO-G Experience™ launched in October 2004. ZERO-G has since successfully flown more than 2,500 passengers aboard 100 flights. In April 2006, ZERO-G became the first commercial company to gain permission from the Kennedy Space Center to use the shuttle runway and landing facilities, to operate its weightless flights.

ZERO-G conducts its weightless flights aboard G-Force One – a specially modified Boeing 727-200 aircraft. Able to accommodate up to 35 Flyers and six crew members, G-Force One is licensed at the highest levels of safety with the FAA following extensive testing and evaluations in coordination with the FAA. G-Force One flies a parabolic flight manoeuvres – a controlled ascent and descent of that creates temporary weightlessness or reduced gravity. This is the identical weightless flight experience used by NASA to train its astronauts and used by Ron Howard and Tom Hanks to film Apollo-13.

The ZERO-G Experience, which includes training led by a professional astronaut, a flight of 15 parabolas (zero-g experiences), flight suit, complimentary merchandise, awards, a post-event party, photos, and a DVD of the flight, is offered at a price of $3,500 per seat.

For more information contact ZERO-G

Suggested by
Ian Skellern