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Zero-G Partners With NASA To Make Weightless Flight Experiments

Zero Gravity Corp. is a company that over the years has flown over 200 research missions all in, you guessed it, zero gravity. And now, the company has finally struck a brand new partnership with American space company NASA.

The company, which is more known for being called Zero-G, is one that provides people with a once-in-a-lifetime experience of floating in essentially microgravity while in a parabolic flight, which is essentially a flight that follows a parabolic trajectory and makes the people in it feel weightless. However, while the flights itself are a good way for people to experience what outer space would feel like if they were an actual astronaut, the data taken from these will also give researchers and educators with a "zero-gravity" environment to conduct experiments as well as lessons.

And through the new partnership with NASA, the company will now be flying payloads from the aeronautics company along with the agency’s own research teams, working together to use microgravity to support scientific experiments as well as test newer technological advancements.

“This is a defining moment in history. Breaking this barrier is a critical first step on the path that will enable NASA personnel and their payloads to fly missions on our commercial aircraft,” Zero-G CEO Matt Gohd said in an e-mail statement.

Per a statement from the company, one of the first payloads that will be taking advantage of the new agreement will come from private engineering provider KBRwyle and NASA’s Johnson Space Center. The two companies will be working together to fly a new experiment called “Evaluation of 0-G Rowing Feasibility and Acceptability,” where a research team will be tasked of performing rowing exercise during different velocities while the flight’s zero gravity portions are going on.

From the years 2008 up until 2015, NASA and Zero-G already worked together via a contract that saw the company fly microgravity missions toward Texas. However, the previous contract had flights conducted under “public use” government regulations, unlike the new one where the flights will be under FAA regulations.

Through the years, NASA has conducted 181 out of 219 research missions hosted by Zero-G.

Physicist_Stephen_Hawking_in_Zero_Gravity_NASA Physicist Stephen Hawking, who has ALS, aboard a Boeing 727 aircraft in 2007. NASA, public domain

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