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Posted On: 10 March 2015 01:38 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:14 pm

Zero gravity flight postponed to next year

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A flight supposed to give zero gravity experience for Doha passengers in April has postponed its trip to next year.

Passengers started to register in August 2014, to get the ultimate experience of the absence of gravitational pull within a modified plane. ‘S3 ZeroG’ of Swiss Space Systems as part of its project ‘Space for All’ was to bring a first-of-its-kind experience to Doha. Organisers expected that the flights will be fully booked before the deadline for registration — a month ahead of the journey.

“We will not fly in April in Doha, we had to shift our schedule and the flights in the Middle East will be operated in the course of the first semester 2016,” a spokesperson for S3 ZeroG told this daily in an email interview.

However reasons for postponing the visit have not been revealed. Once on the tour the flight lasts less than two hours, during which time 15 ‘parabolas,’ each providing 20 to 25 seconds of reduced gravity or weightlessness, are performed.

The aircraft will have different zones and the fare too differs for each, according to initial announcements made in August 2014. Passengers must be over eight years old. Passengers between eight years and 14 years must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. A doctor should be consulted to see if the ZeroG experience is suitable in cases of pregnancy, heart conditions, back problems or other medical conditions listed on the medical history form which must be signed by all passengers.