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Private space travel has become a reality and many countries are beginning the design and construction of the spaceports that will accommodate thousands of space passengers each year in the next decade. It is important to note that the space passenger is subjected to significant physiological stresses. While these stresses are well within human tolerance, targeted training is required to prepare space travelers to cope with them.


Experience the thrill of a lifetime at the NASTAR Center, which offers state-of-the-art equipment integral to the training of astronauts and military and civilian pilots. The NASTAR Center is the only commercial-use flight training facility in the world and it’s most renowned device is the high-performance human centrifuge (STS-400/ATFS-400), which exposes you to the realistic sensations of flight in a dynamic and safe environment. The STS-400/ATFS-400 is modeled after an authentic cockpit module and comes complete with vivid real-world displays and, control system and ambient surround sound. For details of the training as a Virgin Galactic astronaut please click here.



Zero G

Weightless Flight or Parabolic Flight is achieved aboard ZERO-G's Boeing 727 aircraft named G-FORCE ONE. Specially trained pilots fly these maneuvers between approximately 24,000 and 34,000 feet altitude. Each parabola takes 10 miles of airspace to perform and lasts approximately one minute from start to finish. The maneuver is somewhat like a roller coaster. Repeated times lasting 25 - 30 seconds everything in the plane is weightless.

The weightlessness experienced by everyone inside the airplane is actually equivalent to the type of "free fall" you experience when sky diving. In this case however, the body of the aircraft surrounds you and protects you from the on-rushing wind. At the end of the free fall period, the aircraft also scoops you up and carries you back up to the top of the arc to begin the free fall process again. In addition to achieving zero-g or weightlessness, G-FORCE ONE can also fly a parabola designed to offer Lunar (1/6th) or Martian (1/3rd) gravity.


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