From: Zero Gravity Corporation
Posted: Monday, March 5, 2007
ZERO-G, A Space Entertainment And Tourism Company, Will Launch Regular Public Flights From Las Vegas Beginning April 21
LAS VEGAS - March 5, 2007 - Zero Gravity Corporation (ZERO-G(R)), the first and only FAA-approved provider of commercial weightless flights, will launch regular flights from Las Vegas for the general public beginning April 21. ZERO-G delivers the only commercial opportunity on Earth for individuals to experience true "weightlessness" without going to space. This is the identical weightless flight experience used by NASA to train its astronauts and used by Ron Howard and Tom Hanks to film Apollo-13. G-FORCE ONE, ZERO-G's specially modified Boeing 727-200 aircraft, will depart from Signature Air Terminal at McCarran International Airport.
Each ZERO-G mission is designed for maximum fun. The aircraft's interior is a zero gravity playroom, complete with padded floors and walls and video cameras to record the unforgettable moments. When experiencing zero gravity, guests can fly like Superman, flip like an Olympic gymnast and enjoy 10-times more hang-time than the world's best basketball player. The dynamic, out-of-this-world ZERO-G Experience(TM) is destined to become one of the hottest tickets in Vegas.
To view the ZERO-G Experience, click on the following link http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-1808925740998663902&pr=goog-sl
Weightless flight is an experience that few have tried, but those who have call it amazing and life-changing. Martha Stewart, Billy Bush, Burt Rutan, Miles O'Brien, and cast members of "The Apprentice," and "The Biggest Loser" are just a few notable passengers who've flown with ZERO-G and proclaimed it to be one of the most thrilling experiences of their lives. Numerous astronauts including Buzz Aldrin and Anousheh Ansari also have enjoyed ZERO-G voyages. ZERO-G has played a major role in several blockbuster hits including Matrix 2 and Matrix 3.
Professor Stephen Hawking, the world-renowned physicist and expert on gravity, will fly weightless on the ZERO-G Experience on April 26, 2007. The flight will take off from the Shuttle Landing Facility at the Kennedy Space Center in Central Florida.
Founded in 1993 and headquartered in Las Vegas, ZERO-G is led by a world-class team of veteran astronauts and experienced business leaders. The company was co-founded by X PRIZE Chairman and space visionary, Dr. Peter H. Diamandis; and veteran astronaut, Dr. Byron K. Lichtenberg. The duo spent more than a decade working to bring the marvel of weightless flight to the public. Since launching the ZERO-G Experience to the general public in September 2004, the company has conducted about 100 weightless flights and flown more than 2,500 passengers, including celebrities and media personalities, corporate charters, science and math teachers, and individuals age 12 to 85.
"With the launch of ZERO-G's regular flights from Las Vegas, the general public now has convenient access to an incredible adventure that was previously only available to astronauts," said Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, CEO and Co-Founder of ZERO-G. "Visitors flock to Las Vegas for once-in-a-lifetime experiences, and ZERO-G will deliver on that expectation and then some. ZERO-G is destined become Las Vegas' greatest attraction for young and old, for anyone who ever wanted to fly like superman or float like an astronaut."
The ZERO-G Experience consists of a brief training session for passengers followed by a 90-minute flight aboard G-Force One, during which parabolic maneuvers are performed. The controlled ascent and descent of the plane allows flyers to experience Martian gravity (1/3-gravity), Lunar gravity (1/6-gravity), and zero gravity. The ZERO-G Experience provides its flyers with twice the amount of weightless time achieved in a typical sub-orbital flight into space. ZERO-G operates under the highest safety standards as set by the FAA (Part-121) with its partner Amerijet International of Ft. Lauderdale Florida. Aircraft operations take place under the same regulations set for large commercial passenger airliners.
For the current Las Vegas flight schedule, more information or to book a seat, visit www.GoZeroG.com or call 1-800-937-6480. Currently, flights are scheduled for the following dates: April 21; May 26; June 16, 17 and 30; August 4; September 1 and 2; October 6; November 10; and December 30 and 31. The ZERO-G Experience, which includes a flight of 15 parabolas, a flight suit, complimentary merchandise, awards, a post-event party, photos, and a DVD of the flight, is offered at a price of $3,500 per seat plus tax. ZERO-G also has regularly scheduled flights from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Zero Gravity Corporation (www.GoZeroG.com) is a privately held space entertainment and tourism company whose mission is to make the excitement and adventure of space accessible to the public. ZERO-G is based in Las Vegas and Florida and is the first and only FAA-approved provider of weightless flight to the general public, as well as the entertainment and film industries; corporate and incentive market; non-profit research and education sectors; and government. For more information about ZERO-G, please visit http://www.GoZeroG.com or call 1-800-937-6480.
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Natalie Mounier, Kirvin Doak Communications
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