We Love —
- Test the limits of space and gravity with this unique, once in a lifetime opportunity. Zero Gravity Flight, offered exclusively to our members, will let you experience true weightlessness - something you will remember for the rest of your life
- This exhilarating experience, usually felt only by astronauts, will give you a taste of space travel, pushing the boundaries of the world around you to infinity
- We've included a 2 night stay at the 4-star Hotel Pullman Bordeaux Lac, with daily breakfast and a free glass of Champagne voucher to use at the nearby casino, to make this into the complete package
Dare to Dream... —
Don't miss out - we have a very limited number of spaces for this unique opportunity!
Here to Help —
For any additional information on this offer or assistance in making your reservation please call one of our dedicated team on 0844 8262098 or email email@example.com
Please note also should you wish to make a booking for two people with one person not participating in the Zero Gravity Experience our team will be happy to provide a quote for this.
Opening hours are Monday to Friday 08:00 to 21:00 and Saturdays & Sundays from 09:00 to 17:30.
The Experience —
"Have a unique 'out of body' experience usually reserved only for astronauts, without having to blast off into outer space! All you need to do is board one of these few aircraft in the world which is specially designed for parabolic flight.
Everyone who has taken this step, describes weightlessness as the same strange and unforgettable sensation of lightness of being, the total absence of weight. The temptation to play is irresistible. All movements, even the simplest, must be reinvented. It seizes the imagination.
And yet all this is entirely without danger, without any consequence other than the experience being engraved on your memory, the recollection of this amazing escape from earth's gravity.
You can live the dream, with no anxiety at all. The unknown which awaits you is simply the pure joy of discovery.
With more than 3 000 parabolas to my name, I personally experience every one of them with the same sense of excitement and enchantment as the first, more than twenty five years ago. The transition between the sensation of excess weight which is necessarily produced when bringing the nose of the aircraft up into its skywards trajectory, then the total disappearance of the sensation of weight, continues to be a magical moment for me.
There has never been a parabolic flight in the course of which I have not found myself, for a moment, sitting on the ceiling and looking down at the cabin turned upside down. I always take a tennis ball with me, because of the fascination caused by its behaviour in flight. During the initial phase, when the ball is tossed upwards, it falls so rapidly that you think you are watching a film which has been speeded up. Then, during the transition, the “film” becomes slow motion. In zero gravity, weightlessness, I let the ball go just by withdrawing my fingers, and it stays motionless in front of me, the only thing to remind me that I'm not dreaming."
President of Novespace
Initiator of parabolic flights in Europe
Flight Programme —
You will be welcomed by the Air Zero G team, who will provide you with your flight equipment (overalls, helmet, footwear).
You will then be placed in a group of 10 persons (which are given the evocative names of a planet: Saturn, Mars, Venus, etc.) and introduced to the instructor for this group, who will be accompanying you throughout the flight.
9.15: Briefing. The staff will give a presentation about the arrangements of these parabolic flights (in French and in English), how they are carried out, and the various rules of procedure which are to be respected in order to avoid any unnecessary risk and to get the very best out of this extraordinary experience.
Jean-François Clervoy will do his best to give this briefing personally.
10.15: After a break, you visit the aircraft with your Zero G instructor.
10.45: A group photo is taken in front of the Airbus A310 ZERO-G, and you board the aircraft.
11.00: Takeoff. After the conventional safety demonstration on board, you will remain peacefully seated while the aircraft ascends to the parabolic procedure area.
12.00: The big moment has arrived. You and the other members of your group and the instructors go into the weightlessness experience area of the aircraft. For a whole hour the pilot will carry out a cycle of parabolas and rest periods.
After a Martian parabola (at 0.38g) and two lunar parabolas (0.16g), you will experience weightlessness, going through twelve Zero G parabolas in succession, under the supervision of your instructor.
13.00: End of the parabolas, and return to planet Earth. You take your seat again for the descent and landing.
13.30: Landing. You disembark from the Airbus A310.
14.00: You will share a meal with the whole Air Zero G crew.
14.45: Debriefing with all the participants and the test pilots who have been flying the A310 ZERO-G. An official Air Zero G Weightless Flyer diploma will be issued to you
15:30: Jean-François Clervoy will share with you his space experience
16.30: End of a truly memorable day.
Should you wish to make a booking with a non-flying passenger, please contact our dedicated Sales Team on 0844 826 2097 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
How it works —
The commercialisation of zero gravity flight contributes to the financing of space research.
Parabolic flights are carried out on board an aircraft, in this case an Airbus A310 for the Air Zero G flights, which follows a flight profile which alternates between ascent and descent manoeuvres, divided into phases. These manoeuvres, called parabolas, each allow for up to 22 seconds of weightlessness. During each of these periods, the objects and persons on board do not experience gravity any longer, and can float freely in the aircraft cabin.
Before the parabolic manoeuvre, the aircraft flies horizontally, at an altitude of 20 000 ft. The crew prepare for the parabola by steadily increasing speed to about 810 km/h, the maximum authorized for this type of aircraft.
The pilot then pulls back steadily on the stick, and the aircraft ascends nose-up until it attains an attitude of 47°, at an altitude of about 25 000 ft . During this phase, referred to as the “entry phase”, a powerful sensation of weight, or hypergravity, is incurred, with the passengers weighing 1.8 times their weight on Earth.
Once the attitude angle of 47° has been reached, the flight engineer cuts back the engines significantly, and the pilot eases off on the stick. This moment is called the initiation, with the aircraft entering the parabolic phase, and consequently the weightlessness period.
At the start of the weightlessness phase, the aircraft continues to ascend until it reaches an altitude of 28 000 ft, then it starts to descend again, for 22 seconds, with the passengers floating freely in the cabin throughout the whole of this phase.
When the aircraft reaches a nose-down attitude of 42°, at an altitude of about 25 000 ft, the pilot again pulls back steadily on the stick so as to come out of the parabola, and regain the initial level of flight. During this phase, called the “exit phase”, there is once again a powerful sensation of apparent weight, or hypergravity, and passengers weight 1.8 times their weight on Earth. The aircraft then reverts to a horizontal position for about two minutes, before entering into the next parabola.
Important Information —
- Participants must be at least 18 years.
- A medical examination is required before the Zero G flight. The medical form sent to you upon booking must be completed and sent back within 3 weeks of booking (cancellations as a result of an inadequate medical examination may be non-refundable)
- Whilst most standard insurance policies will not cover this activity as it is classed as an extreme sport passengers of zero gravity discovery flights are covered by the insurance policy underwritten by NOVESPACE in the event of death and Permanent Total (or Partial) Disability resulting from an accident, up to 300,000 Euro. There is an option to upgrade the level of insurance, further information relating to this will be sent to you in advance of your departure.
Your Hotel —
Our offer includes a 2 night stay at the Hotel Pullman Bordeaux Lac. You will stay in a Deluxe Room with daily buffet breakfast.
Just for you: late check-out until 3pm, free water in the minibar in the room, and a glass of Champagne at the Casino Barrière bar.
- Number of rooms: 166
- Free wi-fi
- Heated outdoor pool
- Fitness centre
Some services may incur additional charges, payable locally.
Your Journey —
Flights: The flights included are with either a scheduled or no-frills airline and are subject to live availability and prices can change. You can choose your preferred departure times during the booking process. Please select your flight options carefully as departure and arrival airports may differ.
Transfers: Private airport transfers are included. The transfer distance from the airport to the hotel is approximately 30 min/16km.