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- The 1st and only FAA-approved provider of commercial weightless flights
- Successfully flown more than 7,000 passengers
- Same method NASA has used to train its astronauts for the last 45 years
- Experience zero gravity the only way possible without going to space!
Your heart beats a little faster in anticipation for the plane's first arc...the countdown begins...5...4...3...2...1... "Welcome to zero gravity" says the pilot...
Slowly you feel your legs and arms start floating up. Then your entire body follows and you can't help the fact you're smiling like a little kid. You are completely and totally weightless experiencing zero gravity.
You work your way over to the front of the plane and then push off to fly through the cabin like Superman. Regaining control you pick-up a water bottle and give it a squeeze. The liquid balls up and dances towards your face but you're laughing so hard it's hard for you to catch it in your mouth.
When your flight lands - you're still all smiles as you tell the stories of flipping, turning and floating around in Zero-G.
How it Works
Aboard a specially modified Boeing 727, G-FORCE ONE, weightlessness is achieved by doing aerobatic maneuvers known as parabolas. Specially trained pilots perform these aerobatic maneuvers which are not simulated in any way. ZERO-Gs passengers experience true weightlessness.
Before starting a parabola, G-FORCE ONE flies level to the horizon at an altitude of 24,000 feet. The pilot 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 stabilize on the aircraft floor. This maneuver is repeated 12-15 times, each taking about ten miles of airspace to perform.
G-FORCE ONE flies in a FAA designated airspace that is approximately 100 miles long and ten miles wide. Usually three to five parabolas are flown consecutively with short periods of level flight between each set.
When joining a ZERO-G Experience aboard G-FORCE ONE, you will encounter the only commercial opportunity on Earth for individuals to enjoy true weightlessness without going to space. The day of your ZERO-G Experience will last about five hours and will adhere to the following schedule:
Check-In: When you arrive at the designated ZERO-G Training Facility you will check-in with your government issued picture identification. You will then be introduced to your Team Coach and escorted into the Orientation Room where you can enjoy a light breakfast before orientation begins.
Pre-flight Orientation: A pre-flight video begins the orientation covering everything you need to know concerning your ZERO-G Experience. After the video you will be broken into teams of Gold, Silver or Blue where you will be able to meet your group and cover additional questions with your Coach.
Security: After the orientation, all flyers and Coaches will proceed through security screening just like you would at an airport. Please note that carry-on items are limited and must fit in your pocket.
Transportation: Once screening is complete, all flyers will proceed to the aircraft. Transportation to G-FORCE ONE will differ depending on the location of the flight.
Travel to Fly Zone: Before boarding, a group picture will be taken in front of G-FORCE ONE. Once everyone is seated, a brief on-board safety demonstration will be given by the Flight Attendants before takeoff. Depending on the approved airspace, it will take about 30 minutes to reach appropriate altitude.
The ZERO-G Experience: Once the okay is given to unbuckle, all flyers will head to the Gold, Silver or Blue Floating Zone. You are now minutes away from becoming weightless. 12-15 parabolas are flown for an approximate weightless time of eight minutes.
Regravitation Celebration: After your weightless experience you and your fellow flyers will enjoy the Regravitation Celebration where the pre-flight photos and certificates are handed out and refreshments are provided.
For over 15 years, ZERO-G has been bringing the excitement and adventure of weightlessness to the public through a safe and fun experience.
Participants must be at least 8 years of age. Any participant under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Up to 36 per flight.
There are Non-Flyer Guest packages available that allow spectators to join you in on the pre & post flight celebrations. Please call if you are interested in hearing more about this.
This experience is weather dependent. Always contact the Experience provider with any questions regarding weather conditions.
What to Wear:
Wear comfortable loose fitting clothing with rubber soled shoes that are easy to slip on and off. You will be provided with a ZERO-G flight suit.
For this experience, it is recommended to request bookings at least 21 days in advance.
All bookings for this Experience are final. Rescheduling and exchanges are not allowed. Failure to appear on your booked date will result in the loss of the value of your Experience.
What is the aircraft like?
G-FORCE ONE is a modified Boeing 727-200. An upgrade to G-FORCE ONE's hydraulic system allows for continuous hydraulic pressure during parabolic performance. The modification, along with the addition of accelerometers in the cockpit, were tested and approved by the FAA. No structural modifications were made to the aircraft's interior or exterior.
The interior of G-FORCE ONE has been altered to allow for maximum floating space. 38 seats are located in the rear of the plane. In front of the seats, three Floating Zones are divided by gold, silver and blue tape. Closest to the seats is the silver section. Directly after the silver section is the blue section, followed by the gold section. The Floating Zone is padded from floor to ceiling with one rope running down each side of the plane.
To board G-FORCE ONE, stairs open from the rear underbelly of the aircraft.
How long does the flight last? How long will I feel weightless?
The flight portion of a ZERO-G Experience lasts approximately 90 to 100 minutes. During the flight 12-15 parabolas are performed each providing about 30 seconds of reduced gravity or weightlessness. By the end of the flight you will log about 6-7 minutes of reduced gravity - that's about as much zero-gravity time as Alan Shepard experienced on America's first human spaceflight.
Are Parabolic Flights safe?
Parabolic flights are extremely safe and have been flown for the past 50 years by NASA, The Russian Space Program and European Space Agency.
Are there any medical restrictions?
All passengers will be asked to sign a Medical History Form that includes a series of questions pertaining to certain medical conditions. If you do not have any of these conditions, it will not be necessary to consult with a doctor. If you do have any of the indicated conditions, you must confer with your personal physician and obtain his/her sign-off. If you are pregnant, have heart or back problems, you should consult your physician to see if this experience is appropriate for you.
What are the distinctions between the gold, silver, and blue floating zones?
The aircraft is segmented into three Floating Zones; gold, silver and blue. Each Floating Zone contains 12 participants and delivers equal floating time and space.
Are there age restrictions?
Children 8 years of age or older can experience weightlessness aboard G-FORCE ONE. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Each child under the age of 10 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
ZERO-G has no age limit and has enjoyed the attendance of several passengers in their 90's.
Will I experience motion sickness?
It is very unlikely than you will experience motion sickness. The ZERO-G Experience was designed to provide flyers a fun and pleasant experience, and over the years we have succeeded in reducing the number of flyers who experience motion discomfort on G-FORCE ONE. Today, very few people experience uneasiness or nausea during the flight.
However, if you are prone to motion discomfort, here are some suggestions we encourage you to consider.
+ Use of over the counter medication: Dramamine and Meclizine are most common and often used by our flyers. Other products, such as MotionEaze or Sea Band, have also been used by our past flyers. These non prescription medicines are widely available and can be found at most drugstores.
+ Consultation with your physician: If you feel that over the counter medications are not sufficient, we strongly recommend that you consult your physician to discuss your options including prescription medicines.
During the preflight training, we provide some useful tips on in-flight movements that will help you reduce your chance of getting sick. Unlike the astronauts in training, our flyers will experience between 12-15 parabolas, which is enough to have fun, but not long enough to cause motion discomfort.
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"ZERO-G was a blast! I was surprised at how serene and natural it felt. I didn't feel the slightest motion sickness either (nobody on the flight got sick). Can't wait to do it again!"
"It was exhilarating! It was great to experience both lunar gravity and weightlessness again!"
"ZERO-G was an amazing experience. I loved it! I only wish I could be weightless for an entire week!"