You’ve seen them testing it on the popular programme Mythbusters, and now you could have your own zero gravity adventure with Zero-G Platinum Experience. It’s likely you’ll be scared to death or worse, vomit on your fellow passengers, but wouldn’t it be great to have that Kodak moment?
Zero-G Platinum Experience organises specially chartered flights that give you the same experience as astronauts and cosmonauts have when they zoom off into space. The Platinum Experience gives you 40% more time in air and accommodations plus a nifty DVD and digital images of your trip. The best part? You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to make the trip, all you need is a wad of money, roughly $7 000 and a gut of steel.
So how does it work? The specially modified Boeing 727, G-FORCE ONE, weightlessness is achieved by doing aerobatic manoeuvres known as parabolas. Zero-G’s passengers experience true weightlessness.
Before starting a parabola, G-FORCE ONE flies level to the horizon at an altitude of 24 000 feet. The pilots then begins to pull up, gradually increasing the angle of the aircraft to about 45 degrees to the horizon reaching an altitude of 34 000 feet. During this pull-up, passengers will feel the pull of 1.8 Gs. Next the plane is “pushed over” to create the zero gravity segment of the parabola. For the next 20-30 seconds everything in the plane is weightless. Next a gentle pull-out is started which allows the flyers to stabilise on the aircraft floor. This manoeuvre is repeated 12 to 15 times, each taking about 10 miles of airspace to perform. Flights take off from Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Washington, San Francisco and Cape Canaveral in Florida.