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englau
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posted 05-30-2012 12:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for englau   Click Here to Email englau     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was curious to know if anyone has ever looked into or even flown on one of the Zero G flights that are offered. I saw Zero-G Corporation offers experiences and packages. Does anyone have personal experiences with it?

If so, how long is the experience and do you recommend it?

Mr. Apollo 17
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posted 06-07-2012 03:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mr. Apollo 17   Click Here to Email Mr. Apollo 17     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've never done it, but it sounds fun! You are in weightlessness for about 20 to 30 seconds at a time in a modified 727. It probably isn't as cool as flying weightless in space, though.

I know from reading "Magnificent Desolation" that Buzz Aldrin flies on them sometimes, maybe you will get on a flight with him!

Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-07-2012 03:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've yet to fly on G-Force One, Zero-G Corp's aircraft, but I have a number of friends who have and greatly enjoyed the experience. My parabolic flight was aboard a Russian Ilyushin 76 MDK, which offered the same opportunity but with more interior room to float.

p51
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posted 06-08-2012 12:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
My parabolic flight was aboard a Russian Ilyushin 76 MDK...
I've done it several times in fighters and military aircraft but was always strapped down. I could spin pens in mid-air, stuff like that but nothing else. Someday I hope to get the experience you had...

Blackarrow
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posted 06-08-2012 01:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blackarrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You can get a couple of seconds of zero-G in a glider by carrying out a mini-version of the "vomit-comet" manoeuvre. Obviously no room to float around, but just about enough time to see a pair of sunglasses floating in front of your face.

stsmithva
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posted 06-08-2012 06:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for stsmithva   Click Here to Email stsmithva     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've spoken with someone who enjoyed it. The only problem is the price tag: over $5,000.

MCroft04
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posted 01-05-2016 10:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am signed up for a zero G flight in February (along with Bill and Daniel). Aside from not getting sick does anyone have any advice?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-06-2016 08:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mel, great to read you're signed up to go zero-g!

My best advice is at some point during the flight, take a moment to just soak in the experience. By all means, take part in the activities and gymnastics led by Zero-G's trainers, but if you can, devote some or all of one parabola to just trying to commit to memory what it feels like to be weightless.

Have fun, and please do share your experience afterwards!

p51
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posted 01-06-2016 11:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by stsmithva:
I've spoken with someone who enjoyed it. The only problem is the price tag: over $5,000.
Yikes.

This is why I don't take it seriously when anyone speaks of the day when "normal" people get to go past the Karman Line. If something as simple as Zero-G costs that much, I doubt there'll be room for people who aren't rich (other than real astronauts, of course) to go into space for any reason.

Certainly not in my lifetime nor the generation after me, I think...

Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-06-2016 12:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Now through Jan. 15, the price for flights scheduled through February is $4,207.50 (plus tax), a 15 percent discount.

OLDIE
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posted 01-07-2016 03:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for OLDIE     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As a cheaper option, why not try the Tower of Terror in Disney World's Hollywood Studios. During your 13 story "free fall" you might experience a few milliseconds of weightlessness.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 01-07-2016 10:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was on standby to do so on G-Force One, to the point where they about to leave and had one slot open and I was frantically scribbling my name to all the paperwork. Alas, the person showed up....

I've told this story before, but it bears repeating. Leland Melvin was at elementary school, trying to get across what zero-G was like. "What do you feel when you get to the top of a roller coaster?" he asked the class.

"Sick," was the response.

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