Luxury Adventures: The Zero Gravity Corporation provides a day to thrill seekers searching for something original. Passengers who book a flight on the G-Force One get to experience the feeling of weightlessness or zero gravity. Yes, it is simulated, but the experience itself is very real. NASA utilizes the same simulation techniques to acclimate its pilots to zero gravity. This is an opportunity to find out what it feels like to float like an astronaut in a space capsule. Adequate training on procedures, what to expect, and how to handle weightlessness are provided before takeoff to passengers.
G-Force One is a specially modified Boeing 727 that is used by Zero Gravity. The process is called a parabolic flight. The pilots put the aircraft on a 10-mile course that is comparable to a roller-coaster ride's quick ups and downs at an altitude between 24,000 to 34,000 feet. This flight pattern induces the feeling of weightlessness. Many patrons who have flown GF-One claim that it is akin to the feeling of freefalling from an airplane in a controlled environment. The process begins at one-third weightlessness or Martian-G parabolas, as the objective is to take passengers gradually toward zero gravity. If don rapidly, it could prompt motion sickness. The aircraft has a seating zone and a 60-feet long "floating" zone.
From start to finish, the zero gravity is sustained for 60 seconds, and a standard flight involves 15 occurrences of zero gravity. The company has worked closely with the FAA to establish appropriate safety standards. Zero Gravity's aircraft operations are regulated under Part-121 of the Federal Aviation Regulations.
Reservations are being accepted for 2007 flights from April through June. Flights currently depart from Florida's Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport and Las Vegas, Nevada. The approximate cost of booking a scheduled flight is $2,950 plus applicable taxes. Private chartered flights also can be arranged with Zero Gravity.
While several companies are preparing to launch commercial space flights that are anticipated to occur over the next couple years, Zero Gravity has a flight departing from Las Vegas on April 21, 2007.
For LxM James Rothaar
Company: Zero Gravity Corp.
Location: Dania Beach, FL
Web site: www.gozerog.com