Photo courtesy of Zero Gravity Corporation
Give the gift of weightlessness
Looking for that truly out-of-this-world holiday gift? Look no further than a Zero G flight.
Zero Gravity Corp., a Virginia-based private space entertainment and tourism organization, averages about 3 zero-gravity tourism flights a month across the country aboard its specially modified Boeing 727, G-Force One.
Each tourism flight consists of 15 parabolic maneuvers (or "loop-de-loops") between the altitudes of 24,000 and 34,000 feet. The result: 20 to 30 seconds of weightlessness on each downward swing, followed by a gentle pullup that increases gravitational force to 1.8, or nearly twice the normal level.
What does weightlessness feel like?
"You cannot describe it until you've experienced it," says Terese Brewster, president and chief operating officer of Zero Gravity Corp. "It's not like swimming in a pool or sky diving. When you come over the top, you just kind of lift off the ground and become weightless. It's much more gentle than people realize."
That's when the fun starts. You can start playing with items like floating M&M's and water droplets. Zero G has hosted weightless birthday parties, surprise parties and even weddings.
"We have a lot of repeat clients," Brewster says. "We do all ages, as young as 8 to people well into their 90s. It's for everyone."
Price: $4,950 per person, plus 5% tax, includes the Zero-G Experience, merchandise, catering before and after the experience, a certificate of weightlessness, and a video and photos of your flight.