Height of a Zero Gravity Parabolic Flight
Math 1010 Intemediate Algebra Project
B ackground Information
Have you ever wondered what it might feel like to float
weightless in space? One way to try it out is to fly on a
special aircraft that astronauts use to train for their trips
to space. Both NASA and the Russian Space Agency
have been flying these for years.
The way this is
accomplished is to fly to a high altitude, drop down to
gain speed, and then start a large parabolic path up in
For a time ranging from 10 to 20 seconds,
along the top part of the parabolic flight, an
environment simulating zero gravity is created within
This effect can cause some nausea in the
participants, giving rise to the name "Vomit Comet",
the plane used by NASA for zero-G parabolic training flights.
Currently there is a private company that
will sell you a zero-G ride, though it is a bit expensive.