View Full Version : Want to expetience weightlessness maybe as a taster to real space flight?

2014-May-23, 09:49 AM
Then the Swiss might have something for you in 2015


In 2015, Swiss Space Systems (S3) will put the ZeroG experience within everyone’s reach. S3 is launching affordable zero gravity flights from more than 15 locations across the world including, for the first time ever, Asia, the Middle East and Central America.

ZeroG flights make it possible to experience true weightlessness, allowing bodies and materials to float free of the earth’s gravitational pull. The S3 parabolic flights are completely safe, and supervised by space professionals and a crew of qualified personnel. All flights last less than 2 hours, during which 15 parabolas are performed, each providing an experience of weightlessness for 20 to 25 seconds.

2014-May-23, 12:27 PM
Nice. A company in Florida, called Zero G (http://www.gozerog.com/), has been doing just that for a number of years, but so far as I know only out of Fort Lauderdale. At $4,950 a flight I guess the business model must be a good one. I see that S3 has three zones in their cabin with different rates, 2,000 Euros, 5,000 Euros and 50,000 Euros. The last one includes a Breitling watch.

2014-May-23, 12:40 PM
Then the Swiss might have something for you in 2015
For them, not me. ;)

We've had a company doing that (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zero_Gravity_Corporation) for a decade already.

I don't know what the Swiss are doing, but it looks like their layout doesn't provide a lot of flexibility. It looks like their business model is a lot different. They look like they are catering more toward the "thrill" market and hoping to make up cost with volume by going to the customers rather than the other way around. At a potential 80 passengers per flight, that's a lot of profit (although probably a lot in liability too).
I don't like their terms, and the lack of any views of what the interior looks like bother me. I can see experiencing more of being bounced around and kicked by people rather than the zero G experience itself.

The company Zero Gravity has a pallatized system where they can slide in prebuilt interiors with seating or movie sets or anything that can be desiged for such a flight.

"From the Earth to the Moon" and "Apollo 13" (the movie, not the hoax;)) were both filmed on NASA's "vomit comet". This probably gave Zero Gravity the idea that doing this could be profitable.

There's also a small firm that does a small plane (http://www.incredible-adventures.com/zero-gravity-usa.html) too for a comperable cost as Swiss Space Systems.