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Posted at 2:57 PM ET, 04/ 3/2010

Zero-gravity flights to be offered at Dulles

By Washington Post Editors

A company called Zero Gravity Corp. is offering flights that allow people to experience weightlessness like an astronaut, departing from Washington Dulles International Airport.

One flight is leaving Dulles on Saturday and another departs on July 4. Zero Gravity spokesman Edwin Lorse says the airplane creates true weightlessness.

The pilot performs maneuvers at 34,000 feet, similar to a NASA training exercise for astronauts. The Boeing 727 jet climbs and descends quickly, allowing passengers to float freely for a few moments.

The experience costs about $5,000 per person.

The company flies primarily from Las Vegas and two sites near its home base in Florida. But it occasionally schedules flights in Seattle, Los Angeles, New York and Washington.

--Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  | April 3, 2010; 2:57 PM ET
 
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There are a whole bunch of things I would rather spend $5K on than a few minutes of weightlessness. For those who have the extra coin I guess it's an interesting novelty trip that gives them some kind of bragging rights.

Posted by: grobinette | April 3, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

I agree with grobinette. I can just hop in the pool to experience the same thing pretty much.

Posted by: Thundershock | April 3, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

I have experienced the "weightless" feeling
after a half-bottle of Tequila. Lots cheaper.

Posted by: Lovit | April 3, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Go to your local municipal airport and get the same thing for about $200 in a Cessna.

Posted by: byxnet | April 3, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

The price is "out of this world." Somebody could probably do this for $500.

Posted by: AlanGoldberg54 | April 3, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

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"The Boeing 727 jet climbs and descends quickly, allowing passengers to float freely for a few moments."

How many "moments" do you get for your $5,000?

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Posted by: zhenshideaq | April 3, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

$5,000 to a local food kitchen.
$5,000 to the United Way.
$5,000 to Haiti Relief.
$5,000 to Democrats.
$5,000 to local no-kill shelter.

Posted by: TOMHERE | April 3, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Free weightlessness experience:

1. Get into an elevator on a higher floor.
2. Press a button for a lower floor.
3. As soon as it starts moving, jump.

There! I just saved you $5k.

Posted by: dkp01 | April 4, 2010 1:06 AM | Report abuse

I dont believe that they can make money from this. I mean, in time of recession, who cares about the useless weightless experience. It just goes against the overall trend of society.

Posted by: taorong0327 | April 4, 2010 5:56 AM | Report abuse

$5,000 for 8 min of weightlessness? I need to start saving up my pennies.

This sounds like an awesome experience. I can't think of many things I'd rather spend 5K on.

Now I just need to get 5K. ^_^

Posted by: Megaduck | April 4, 2010 7:30 AM | Report abuse

Think for a moment on how much fuel is burned by the Boeing 727 just so a few rich people can "float freely for a few moments." The people who do this are part of the greedy generation ("me, me, me"), which is quite a bit different and light years away from the greatest generation.

Posted by: WesFromStPaul | April 4, 2010 7:44 AM | Report abuse

I dont believe that they can make money from this. I mean, in time of recession, who cares about the useless weightless experience. It just goes against the overall trend of society.

Posted by: taorong032

I'll bet that people that have $5K to drop on the experience aren't suffering from the recession.

I'll toss out the concept that there are two "recesssions" to think about. The recession for the bulk of the population which is largely defined by unemployment and then there's a recession for the wealthy which is defined by corporate profits and equities. That later "recession" is over.

Posted by: James10 | April 4, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Heck. NASA and the USAF were doing this in C-130's in a padded cargo bay. Want to go weightless and experience 3-4G's? Get on a roller coaster.

Posted by: Computer_Forensics_Expert_Computer_Expert_Witness | April 4, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

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