Blue Origin’s New Shepard Aces 17th Launch

VAN HORN, Texas (Blue Origin PR) — Blue Origin successfully completed the 17th New Shepard mission to space and back for the program, and the 8th consecutive flight for this particular vehicle.

Today’s flight featured commercial payloads on board, several of which were supported by NASA’s Flight Opportunities program and included a second flight of the Deorbit, Descent, and Landing (DDL) Sensor Demonstration under a NASA Tipping Point partnership. The DDL demonstration, which flew for the second time mounted on the exterior of New Shepard’s booster, tested technology designed to achieve high-accuracy landing for future Moon missions. This aims to enable long-term lunar exploration. 


Rollercoaster Research Landed: Inside ESA’s 73rd Parabolic Flight Campaign

ESA’s 73rd parabolic flight campaign teams (Credits: Novespace)

BUREN, Germany (ESA PR) — It was a difficult campaign to organise, but the scientific results are some of the best ever. Earlier this month, over 60 researchers ran 11 experiments in an Airbus aircraft with no less than three pilots. This was no ordinary flight: the A310 ‘Air Zero G’ flew in repeated arcs 600 m up and down, providing ‘weightlessness’ in freefall conditions for all passengers and their experiments, 20 seconds at a time.


NASA Selects 31 Promising Space Technologies for Commercial Flight Tests

by Nicole Quenelle
NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program

NASA has selected 31 promising space technologies for testing aboard parabolic aircraft, high-altitude balloons, and suborbital rocket-powered systems. By exposing the innovations to many of the rigors and characteristics of spaceflight – without the expense of an orbital flight – NASA can help ensure these technologies work correctly when they are deployed on future missions.

“By supporting suborbital flight testing, our Flight Opportunities  program aims to help ensure that these innovations are well-positioned to address challenges and enable NASA to achieve its lunar ambitions, while also contributing to a growing and vibrant commercial space industry,” said Jim Reuter, associate administrator of NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD). The Flight Opportunities program is part of STMD.


ZERO-G Celebrates 15 Years

Participants experience microgravity aboard a Zero-G Corporation parabolic flight. (PRNewsFoto/Zero Gravity Corporation, Al Powers)

ARLINGTON, Va. (ZERO-G PR) – 2019 marks a historic year for the country’s first weightless flight company,Zero Gravity Corporation (ZERO-G), as they celebrate 15 years of offering extraordinary experiences. As the company looks forward toward a path of exploration, they celebrate a history that is marked with incredible milestones and unforgettable airborne memories.


William Shatner to Float on Zero-G Flight

LAS VEGAS (Zero-G PR) – Star Trek® fans rejoice! Zero Gravity Corporation (ZERO-G®) has partnered with Roddenberry Adventures to offer an extraordinary ZERO-G Experience® with William Shatner, beloved star of the iconic television series. For the first time, fans will have the chance to fly in zero gravity with the man who played Captain Kirk. A limited number of tickets for this exclusive flight on August 4 are now on sale to the general public.


S3 Partners With Fert to Market ZeroG Experience

Swiss_Space_Systems_logoGENEVA (S3 PR) — A week after completing the acquisition of an Airbus A340-300, S3 announces an exclusive partnership with the travel agency Fert Travel and its international network ITP for the worldwide marketing of S3 ZeroG flights.

Fert & Cie is working in partnership with S3 for the marketing of its ZeroG flights. The Geneva-based agency will also assist S3 passengers with the organisation of ancillary services such as flights as well as bespoke hotel accommodation through the International Travel Partnership (ITP) network.


Awesome OK Go Video Filmed in Microgravity

OK Go – Upside Down & Inside Out

Hello, Dear Ones. Please enjoy our new video for "Upside Down & Inside Out". A million thanks to S7 Airlines. #GravitysJustAHabit

Posted by OK Go on Thursday, February 11, 2016

ACME Advanced Materials Selects Aircraft for Microgravity Processing

ACME_logoALBUQUERQUE, NM, January 13, 2016 (ACME PR) — ACME Advanced Materials, Inc. today announced that they have decided to use parabolic aircraft to produce their first generation of Silicon Carbide (SiC) semiconductor material instead of suborbital rockets. Although initially conceived as a series of demonstration experiments that would lead to space based production of semiconductor material, ACME’s aircraft flights demonstrated that carefully designed and executed parabolic profiles could provide a commercially viable product without the need for space flight.


Video: Parabolic Flights With the A310 ZERO-G

Video Caption: The aircraft is 16 years younger than its predecessor, has an eventful history, and is continuing a remarkable legacy. The former A310-304 VIP ‘Chancellor Airbus’ is the new parabolic flight aircraft – unique in Europe.…

Parabolic flight – stress test for future experiments in space. First scientific campaign using the new Airbus A310 ZERO-G successfully completed.…

S3 Postpones Zero G Flights, IPO Amid Financial Trouble

SOAR spaceplane atop an A-300. (Credit: S3)
SOAR spaceplane atop an A-300. (Credit: S3)

Swiss Space Systems (S3) announced on Friday that it had postponed plans to offer zero gravity flights and launch an initial public offering (IPO) amid reports that the company is experiencing serious financial difficulties that include missed paychecks for salaried employees.


NASA Selects Final Frontier to Test IVA Spacesuit in Microgravity

Test Team 1, Trainee Shawna Pandya (L), Test Director Kari Love (Middle), and Trainee Callum Wallach (R), after successful completion of initial round of microgravity test flights in Ottawa, October 2015. (Credit: Ross Lockwood)
Test Team 1, Trainee Shawna Pandya (L), Test Director Kari Love (Middle), and Trainee Callum Wallach (R), after successful completion of initial round of microgravity test flights in Ottawa, October 2015. (Credit: Ross Lockwood)

BROOKLYN, NY (FFD PR) – Last week, Final Frontier Design (FFD)’s proposal,“Testing of a Novel IVA Space Suit” was selected by NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program. As one of eight recipients, FFD will receive funds to develop and build a test article space suit and to conduct reduced gravity testing on their suit during parabolic flights.


Zero G’s 727 Makes Emergency Landing in Florida

Zero G's G-Force One
Zero G’s G-Force One

Zero-G Corporation’s G-FORCE ONE 727 made an emergency landing on Thursday at Vero Beach Regional Aircraft in Florida after the pilots reported engine trouble.

The crew reported a possible engine fire. There were three people on board the aircraft when it landed safely.

Zero G, which is owned by Virgina-based Space Adventures, uses the aircraft to fly weightless parabolic arcs.

The aircraft recently returned to service after a nearly 18-month stand down. The aircraft’s original engines were repossessed by the company that leased them. The 727 also had to go through FAA certification due to changes made in the aircraft.

Zero Gravity Back in Action

Swimsuit 2014: Zero Gravity Kate Upton Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA Credit: James Macari
Swimsuit 2014: Zero Gravity
Kate Upton
Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA
Credit: James Macari

It looks like Zero Gravity Corporation is back flying after a gap of about a year and a half. The company had a legal dispute with the owners of the engines on its Boeing-727 aircraft. It also needed  re-certification of its plane by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The company put out a press release this week celebrating its 10th anniversary and announced a 20 percent discount in its ticket price. It is reproduced below.


Swiss Space Systems Expands Into Croatia

Swiss_Space_Systems_logoZAGREB, Croatia, February 16, 2015 (S3 PR) — The aerospace company, Swiss Space Systems (S3), officially inaugurated its daughter company, Swiss Space Systems Croatia, in the presence of the Ambassador of Switzerland in Croatia, as well as representatives of the national and local authorities and international guests from the aerospace sector.

The company is located in Zagreb and Sladjan Zovko is its General Director. For the S3 Group, this inauguration represents a new important step in its expansion in Europe, as Croatia will play an important role in different parts of the S3 program.


Virool Contest Revamped After SpaceShipTwo Crash

Swimsuit 2014: Zero Gravity Kate Upton Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA. (Credit: James Macari)
Swimsuit 2014: Zero Gravity
Kate Upton
Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA. (Credit: James Macari)

Video startup Virool has significant reworked its contest in the wake of the crash of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo in October.

Instead of offering a trip to space, Virool will send a marketing team on a trip aboard Zero-Gravity Corporation’s parabolic aircraft.

“For one full day, you and your entire video marketing team will experience weightlessness on the same aircraft that NASA uses. Between 24,000 and 35,000 feet above the ground, you’ll float, flip, soar and even EAT as if you were in outer space,” the company says on its website.

Ad Week reports the company will hold onto its Virgin Galactic ticket for use when the company begins commercial flights.

For information about the contest, click here.