Europe's 'Zero-G' aircraft to start commercial flights from March 15
Europe's "Zero-G" aircraft, which until recently had been restricted to trainee space explorers and scientists, will start making commercial flights for paying customers from March 15.
The Airbus 300 flies parabolas, offering around 30 seconds of gravity-free experience at the top of each loop, reports News.com.au.
Over a flight lasting two and a half hours, those onboard acquire a total of five minutes of weightlessness, drifting in a big padded cabin. The adventure will cost 7450 dollars per head.
Three flights are scheduled for 2013, each of them carrying 40 adult passengers, said France's National Centre for Space Studies (CNES), which operates the specially-adapted plane with the firm Novespace.
Zero-gravity flights are already available commercially in the United States and Russia.