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France-based Novespace plans to offer zero-gravity, parabolic flights to the public. Once available only to astronauts and scientists, the weightless experience is about to become a bit more accessible to the general public, provided you’ve got the cash.
What child has not dreamed of breaking free from gravity's chains and floating, weightless, above Earth's surface?
Novespace managing director and ex-astronaut Jean-Francois Clervoy announced that he plans to offer commercial flights in 2012. The price tag -- provisionally set at 4,000 euros (U.S. $5,700 dollars) -- has yet to be finalized.
But Clervoy envisions half-a-dozen sorties a year with 40 passengers each. It would be only the third such commercial service in the world, along with one in the United States and one in Russia. So unfasten your seat belts. There is no better way to prepare astronauts for weightlessness, said Sebastien Rouquette, project manager at CNES France’s National Center for Space Studies. -- AFP News (Content provided by Marlowe Hood)
The sensation of weightlessness is a very addictive experience! There's nothing like it on Earth, not even Frank Sinatra singing "Fly me to the moon, Let me play among the stars, Let me see what spring is like, On Jupiter and Mars," To understand how a so-called parabolic flight works, think roller-coaster and check this website.
That fantasy, long-since dismissed in the adult mind as a defiance of Nature's rules, is a reality but way too expensive for an average guy or gal, will come true even if you have only a USD$70 budget! Yes, every child can break free from gravity's chains and float. It will be available in amusement parks for all children.
Mathematically, this land-based zero G facility is a special case of today's Zero G and suborbital flights without a horizontal speed. The riders can't tell the difference between them, except the ticket cost is much less.
Make no mistake -- Project Floating Apples 0G is to bring space pioneers' visions and costs down to the Earth plus much2 more! For example, roomy space to float and privacy, that is, the Zero G "Sexperience" is a reality. See Weightless & Moon G Honeymoons.