Book your ticket to a weightless flight

Zero G corporation is the first airline that operates flights that will not take you from one geographical point to another, so the goal is not being delivered from one place to another, but the experience of flying itself. Why is this journey special? The Boeing 727 with a special interior design takes off, then starts a so called parabolic maneuver (see the drawing). During the journey zero gravity or with other words total weightlessness can be experienced.

How do Zero G flights work?

How does it work?

The maneuver is somewhat like a roller coaster in that the plane is initially pulled up to approximately 45 degrees ‘nose high’. Next the plane is ‘pushed over’ the top to reach the zero-gravity segment of the parabolas. For the next 25 – 30 seconds everything in the plane is weightless. At approximately 30 degrees ‘nose low’ a gentle pull-out is started which allows the Flyers to stabilize on the aircraft floor. Finally, the g-force is increased smoothly to about 1.8 g’s until the aircraft reaches a flight altitude of 24,000 feet. The maneuver is then repeated. In addition to achieving zero-g or weightlessness, G-FORCE ONE can also fly a parabola designed to offer Lunar (1/6th) or Martian (1/3rd) gravity. These reduced gravity environments are also created with a modified parabola that is not quite as steep as zero gravity parabola.

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Before G-Force One (as they call it) takes off there is a short training for the passengers. The trip itself lasts 90 minutes. Flights depart from the Kennedy Space Center and Las Vegas.

If you would like to learn more about or book a flight, te a look at Zero G corporation’s website.

By Szafi

3 Responses to “Book your ticket to a weightless flight”

  1. 1 balint01 August 6, 2007 at 9:43 am

    Quite interesting article. To experience weightlessness must be great fun, and as they manage to produce it for almost half a minute for each parabolic turn, it sounds very-very good! I just checked the price-tag, it’s USD 3.675, so not cheap, but it’s a unique experience, so it may be worthwhile. You can actually book your seat on their website, and they also have a very nice feature: the “secret gift checkbox”! 🙂 Yes, you can show that the booking is a secret gift for the passenger, so they will make sure not to contact him/her! How nice, this is customer service, I like it!

  2. 2 szafi August 6, 2007 at 11:43 am

    Yep, it should be introduced at regular airlines, too 🙂

  3. 3 szafi August 6, 2007 at 11:44 am

    Or the magical “this is a secret trip with my secretary, please don’t contact my wife” feature. 😀

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