Zero-G Flights Are The Closest To Commercial Space Experience

G-FORCE ONE - Zero Gravity Flights

G-FORCE ONE / Zero Gravity Flights

If you enjoy that first big drop on the roller coaster and wonder what it would be like to be truly weightless, then a zero gravity flight may be something you’d like to experience.

Right now, zero-g flights are the closest experience to a commercial space flight.

Only one US company is currently offering these flights, ” Zero Gravity Corporation (“ZERO-G”) “. They have custom modified a commercial Boeing 727-200 with most of the seating replaced by a 360 degree padded interior. The “G-Force One” plane flies a number of parabolic arcs from a 34,000 foot height to create different degrees of weightlessness for about 30 seconds at a time.

In the completely zero gravity environment, explorers can move as if they were orbiting in space – you can float, fly, flip and soar through the aircraft cabin. Some of the  other parabolic descents will simulate gravity of other planets such as Mars (one third of Earth’s) and Lunar (one sixth of Earth’s).

As the plane ascends at a 45 degree angle to the top of the arc, passengers will also get to experience about 1.8 gravities. Not quite fighter jet conditions, but still quite different from the typical airplane ride. At the apex, the plane rolls forward into a controlled dive that maxes out at 30 degrees for weightlessness.

The flight itself is about 90 minutes with about 7 minutes of reduced gravity. Zero-G compares this to about the same amount of time Alan Shepard experienced zero gravity on America’s first human spaceflight.

The company sells a ” ZERO-G Experience ” for $4,950. In addition to the flight, and the required pre-flight training and briefing, adventurers will also have their own flight suit, souvenir hat, a copy of ” The Space Tourist’s Handbook “, and a certificate of weightless completion. There is also a post-flight ” Regravitation Celebration ” plus photos and videos of the flight to share and commemorate this unique experience.

Upcoming flights are scheduled for:

AUSTIN, TX AUS

September 14, 2013

CAPE CANAVERAL, FL TIX

September 07, 2013

LAS VEGAS, NV LAS

June 08, 2013

August 10, 2013

MIAMI, FL FLL

August 24, 2013

NEW YORK, NY LGA

June 29, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA SJC

August 17, 2013

September 28, 2013

SEATTLE, WA BFI

August 03, 2013

For complete details, information, reservations and schedule – please check the ZERO-G Website .

Of course, if you have a couple $10 Million you can always get the real thing and buy a flight to the space station. But until Virgin Galactic (starting around $200K) takes off, the “gozero experience” is the best weightless adventure available.

(Image Credit – ZERO-G )

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