Picture this. You are on an airplane cutting through clouds at over 500 mph. Smoothly, the plane noses over into a steep descent, as if it were a dolphin swimming in the blue sea. Soon you are floating in air and for the next 25 seconds, you are weightless. It’s the stuff dreams are made of… it’s ZERO-G!
Zero Gravity Corporation (ZERO-G), a privately-held company with headquarters in Los Angeles, CA, today announced its plans to establish a commercial parabolic flight service within the U.S. Parabolic flight is the only way to create sustained weightlessness without going into space. For years NASA has safely used its parabolic KC-135 aircraft to train astronauts and prepare experiments for spaceflight. Beginning in 2003 ZERO-G plans to begin offering commercial parabolic flights using a specially modified Boeing 727 aircraft. The company's goal is simple: make the excitement and unique environment of weightlessness accessible to everyone in a safe and affordable fashion.
ZERO-G has identified five key markets for its weightless flights. These include: (1) the Entertainment Industry (Film, Television, Music); (2) Education & Training; (3) Corporate Incentive; (4) Research/Government services; and (5) General Public.
“People have always dreamed of flying and floating free in weightlessness… ZERO-G is a space entertainment company that fulfills that dream,” explained Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, Chairman and CEO of Zero Gravity Corporation. “During a parabola, you have 25 times more hang-time than the best basketball player, and are more acrobatic than any Olympic gold medalist.” ZERO-G has achieved a number of important milestones towards its objective of establishing a US-based commercial parabolic flight service:
The ZERO-G Team of Excellence
ZERO-G has assembled an experienced team of professionals to develop the parabolic service. This team includes:
What is Parabolic Flight?
Specially-trained pilots fly the parabolic flight maneuvers between approximately 24,000 and 32,000 feet altitude. 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' to begin 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 participants 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 approximately 24,000 feet, and then the maneuver is repeated.
"During the course of my astronaut training I have flown over 2,000 parabolas and I know how much fun it is to be weightless,” said ZERO-G President Dr. Byron K. Lichtenberg. "It's awesome - pure and total freedom! I wish everyone could experience it: they'd become addicted."
Visit the Zero Gravity website for more information: www.zerogcorp.com Photos and Video are available by contacting Diane Murphy (firstname.lastname@example.org) Tel: 626-429-0709 (cell) or 202-662-1280 (office)