SOURCE: Zero Gravity Corporation

Zero Gravity Corporation

August 06, 2009 09:00 ET

"Out of This World" Weightless Flights by Zero Gravity Corporation Lift Off From Houston, August 15

ZERO-G to Blast Off With Professional Skateboarder and MTV Reality Star Rob Dyrdek From Ellington Field

VIENNA, VA--(Marketwire - August 6, 2009) - Zero Gravity Corporation (ZERO-G®), the first and only FAA-approved provider of commercial weightless flights, will host its exclusive ZERO-G Weightless Experience in Houston, Texas on Saturday, August 15. For the first time ever, ZERO-G is bringing the one-of-a-kind adventure to the public of Southern Texas. Passengers will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fly with Rob Dyrdek, professional skateboarder and MTV reality television star. Limited seats will be available as Dyrdek will be flying with ZERO-G to photograph a new ad campaign for his DC Dyrdek Collection, which features shoes, apparel and accessories.

The experience offered by ZERO-G is the only commercial opportunity on Earth for individuals to experience true "weightlessness" without going to space. This is the identical weightless flight experience used by NASA to train its astronauts and used by Ron Howard and Tom Hanks to film "Apollo-13." G-FORCE ONE, ZERO-G's specially modified Boeing 727-200 aircraft, will depart from Ellington Field near the Johnson Space Center. To book a seat with ZERO-G, please visit www.gozerog.com/rob.

Each ZERO-G mission is designed for maximum fun. The aircraft's interior is a zero gravity playroom, complete with padded floors and walls and video cameras to record the unforgettable moments. When experiencing zero gravity, guests can fly the length of an airplane cabin like superman, flip like an Olympic gymnast, pour water in the air and watch the droplets hover before their eyes, release a handful of M&M's and chase them down like a game of human Pac-Man, and enjoy 10-times more hang-time than the world's best basketball player. It's not simulated; ZERO-G replicates the same levels of weightlessness enjoyed on Mars (1/3-gravity), the moon (1/6-gravity), and zero gravity. It's an experience unlike any other!

ZERO-G guests will receive:

--  Pre-flight training to maximize their ZERO-G Experience
--  ZERO-G flight suit
--  Personal photography by a world-class photographer
--  Post-flight re-gravitation party
--  Weightless flight award certificate
--  Branded ZERO-G gifts
--  The chance to experience the rare and exalted state of weightlessness
    

Weightless flight is a rare, unique opportunity to experience the total absence of gravity. Buzz Aldrin, Martha Stewart, Joey Fatone, Princess Beatrice of York, Professor Stephen Hawking, Billy Bush, Burt Rutan, Amy Grant, Miles O'Brien, and cast members of "The Apprentice," and "The Biggest Loser" are just a few notable passengers who've flown with ZERO-G and proclaimed it to be one of the most thrilling experiences of their lives.

Flights last approximately two hours and deliver 15 separate weightless experiences, each lasting about 30 seconds. This is twice the amount of weightless time achieved in a typical sub-orbital flight into space. The ZERO-G Experience is offered at a price of $4,950 per seat plus tax. For more information, or to see pictures and video of the experience, visit www.gozerog.com.

About ZERO-G

Zero Gravity Corporation is a privately held space entertainment and tourism company whose mission is to make the excitement and adventure of weightlessness accessible to the public. ZERO-G is the first and only FAA-approved provider of weightless flight to the general public, as well as the entertainment and film industries; corporate and incentive market; non-profit research and education sectors; and government.

Founded in 1993, ZERO-G is led by a world-class team of veteran astronauts and experienced business leaders. The company was co-founded by X PRIZE Chairman and space visionary, Dr. Peter H. Diamandis; veteran astronaut, Dr. Byron K. Lichtenberg, and NASA Engineer Ray Cronise. The team spent more than a decade working to bring the marvel of weightless flight to the public.

Since launching the ZERO-G Experience in September 2004, the company has conducted more than 175 weightless flights and flown over 5,000 members of the public, including celebrities and media personalities, corporate charters, science and math teachers, and individuals age eight to 93.

ZERO-G operates under the highest safety standards as set by the FAA (Part-121) with its partner Amerijet International of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Aircraft operations take place under the same regulations set for large commercial passenger airliners.

About DC Shoes

Founded by Ken Block and Damon Way in 1993, DC quickly grew to a worldwide leader in performance skateboarding shoes and renowned action sports brand. Today DC stands as a premium global brand whose product line has expanded to include men's, women's and kids' skateboarding and lifestyle shoes, apparel, snowboard boots, outerwear and accessories. As one of the cornerstones of its marketing strategy, DC has built a world-class team of professional skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing, BMX, motocross and rally athletes that exemplify and enhance DC's brand, develop its signature products and support its promotional efforts. DC is a subsidiary of Quiksilver, Inc.

About Rob Dyrdek

Rob Dyrdek is beyond characterization; he is not a personality who can be simplified into a sound bite. Besides a long and influential career as a professional skateboarder with DC, Rob is also a TV star, a filmmaker, a serial entrepreneur, a marketing whiz, and a multi-faceted philanthropist dedicated to supporting skateboarding. Rob Dyrdek has leveraged his creativity, business savvy, and professional skateboard career in order to launch a long list of non-profit foundations, innovative businesses, and noteworthy productions in film and television.

Contact Information

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