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Travel 'Like being an astronaut': Zero gravity flights coming to 12 US cities

14:31  14 february  2020
14:31  14 february  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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LAS VEGAS – You don’t want to drink the night before this high-altitude adventure.The attraction is called Zero -G, and it puts tourists on the only plane in

The attraction is called Zero -G, and it puts tourists on the only plane in the United States certified for zero gravity flights – the kind of weightlessness possible on the International Space Station. “It’s like being …

LAS VEGAS – You don’t want to drink the night before this high-altitude adventure.

Civilian passengers of the Airbus A330 Zero-G, who are not astronauts nor scientists, enjoy the weightlessness, on March 15, 2013, during the first zero gravity flight for paying passengers in Europe. All boarding cards, costing 6,000 euros, were sold for the years 2013 and 2014. Zero gravity flights for paying passengers have already taken place in the United States and Russia. The zero-gravity of space is simulated by flying a series of parabolic flight maneuvers that counter the forces of gravity and allow astronauts and cosmonauts to learn how to accomplish tasks with no gravity. AFP PHOTO / MEHDI FEDOUACH        (Photo credit should read MEHDI FEDOUACH/AFP/Getty Images)© Getty Civilian passengers of the Airbus A330 Zero-G, who are not astronauts nor scientists, enjoy the weightlessness, on March 15, 2013, during the first zero gravity flight for paying passengers in Europe. All boarding cards, costing 6,000 euros, were sold for the years 2013 and 2014. Zero gravity flights for paying passengers have already taken place in the United States and Russia. The zero-gravity of space is simulated by flying a series of parabolic flight maneuvers that counter the forces of gravity and allow astronauts and cosmonauts to learn how to accomplish tasks with no gravity. AFP PHOTO / MEHDI FEDOUACH (Photo credit should read MEHDI FEDOUACH/AFP/Getty Images)

The attraction is called Zero-G, and it puts tourists on the only plane in the United States certified for zero gravity flights – the kind of weightlessness possible on the International Space Station.

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“It’s like being an astronaut ,” said Zero Gravity Corp. CEO Matt Gohd in a phone interview with the USA TODAY Network. Zero -G has released its 2020 flight schedule, an expanded 12 - city tour that includes three stops in Las Vegas: April 25, Aug. 15 and Oct.

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“It’s like being an astronaut,” said Zero Gravity Corp. CEO Matt Gohd in a phone interview with the Reno Gazette-Journal, which is part of the USA TODAY Network.

Stephen Hawking on ZERO-G flight© ZERO-G Stephen Hawking on ZERO-G flight

Zero-G has released its 2020 flight schedule, an expanded 12-city tour that includes stops in Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Houston; Las Vegas; Los Angeles; Miami; New England; New York; Orlando, Florida; San Francisco; Seattle and Washington, D.C.

Aboard a modified Boeing 727 called G-Force One, passengers on each trip wear flight suits and experience 15 periods of weightlessness.

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Zero gravity elevates the cabin to superhero status. Here, you can soar like Superman or flip like an Olympic gymnast.

Here's how it works

To achieve zero gravity, the pilot performs an acrobatic aerial maneuver called a parabola.

More simply, the pilot must draw a lowercase ‘n’ in the sky – the nose of the plane pointed in extreme angles first at outer space and later at the earth.

In Las Vegas, the plane leaves McCarran International Airport and flies above uninhabited Arizona land.

The pilot must fly the plane to 24,000 feet, the altitude where he gradually pulls up the nose of the plane to an angle of about 45 degrees.

At 32,000 feet, the plane “pushes over” the peak of the parabola. For about 30 seconds, everyone on board feels what it would be like to float through outer space.

a man standing in a room: Professional skateboarders Tony Hawk and Aaron Hamoki on a ZERO-G flight.© ZERO-G Professional skateboarders Tony Hawk and Aaron Hamoki on a ZERO-G flight.

But the G-Force One is equipped to give passengers a range of experiences.

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Astronaut Marsha Ivins demonstrates the effects of zero -G on her hair in space. After 9 to 12 seconds, the deoxygenated blood reaches the brain, and it results in the loss of Another effect from a vacuum is a condition is called ebullism which results from the formation of bubbles in body fluids due

The pilot performs two additional parabola flights designed to give you the feeling both lunar – one-sixth of your weight – and Martian gravity – one-third of your weight.

Each is created by flying a larger arc over the parabola top.

Passengers are advised to avoid drinking and greasy foods before the flight. The provided pre-flight meal is typically a bagel – high carbs, low protein – to curtail sickness in the cabin.

How much does a ZERO-G flight cost

Pricing varies.

For one seat on a Zero-G flight, it’ll cost $5,400 plus 5 percent tax. The package includes breakfast, lunch, professional photos – and seven to eight minutes of weightlessness.

Charter flights are also available: $55,000 plus 5% tax for 12 seats on a flight. Each flight carries a maximum capacity of 34 seats.

A chartered flight for 12 seats with fewer than 12 passengers allows extra space for flips, somersaults, handstands and other tricks possible with weightlessness.

A private Zero-G flight is a little pricier: $165,000 plus tax.

Who’s flying the plane?

His name is Erich Domitrovits, and he’s performed more than 5,000 parabola flights.

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Now it was time for the real deal: zero gravity , the same feeling of weightlessness that astronauts experience They told us the periods of zero gravity would last about 30 seconds, but each time it felt over in For most people, the Zero G flight was the closest experience they've had to being in space.

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Passengers on his plane have included Tony Hawk, Stephen Hawking, Buzz Aldrin, Peter Jackson, George Takei, Justin Bieber, Kate Upton, Martha Stewart, The Osbournes and Ashton Kutcher.

The morning before his tryout flight, Domitrovits was taken to a Jack in the Box. There he ate greasy breakfast tacos with coffee and orange juice – a meal no passenger should eat before a Zero-G flight if they want to avoid sickness.

Domitrovits survived his tryout without getting sick, and he landed the job.

To this day, Domitrovits eats greasy buffet food before his flights. His favorite? Bacon and eggs.

Although he’s piloted the plane thousands of times, Domitrovits has a secret.

“I’ve never had the experience in the back of the plane,” he said.

A look at the full schedule:

a group of people in a room: Zero G with Teller. The second flight from Las Vegas.© ZERO-G Zero G with Teller. The second flight from Las Vegas.
  • Atlanta – March 21
  • Austin – April 4; Oct. 3
  • Houston – March 28; June 6; Nov. 7
  • Las Vegas – April 25; Aug. 15; Oct. 31
  • Los Angeles – Feb. 15; April 18; June 27; July 25; Oct. 24
  • Miami – Feb. 29; March 7; May 23; Aug. 29; Nov. 21
  • New England – May 3
  • New York – May 9; Sept. 26
  • Washington, D.C. – May 16; Sept. 19
  • Orlando – Feb. 22; May 30; Sept. 12; Nov. 14
  • San Francisco – April 11; June 13; Aug. 1; Oct. 17
  • Seattle – June 20; Aug. 8; Oct. 10

Ed Komenda writes about Las Vegas for the Reno Gazette Journal and USA Today Network.

This article originally appeared on Reno Gazette-Journal: 'Like being an astronaut': Zero gravity flights coming to 12 US cities

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