Zero Gravity Corporation (Zero-G) has received a
Safety Approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
Office of Commercial Space Transportation.
The Safety Approval,
granted on 20 April 2011 and in effect for five years, allows
Zero-G to offer reduced gravity parabolic flight profiles to
prospective suborbital launch operators to meet the applicable
components of the crew qualification and training requirements
outlined in the Code of Federal Regulations (14 C.F.R. § 460.5).
These regulations require crew members to complete training on how
to carry out their roles on board or on the ground and to
demonstrate the ability to withstand the stresses of spaceflight,
which may include high acceleration or deceleration, microgravity,
“Zero-G is pleased to have been
granted this Safety Approval issued by the FAA for suborbital
spaceflight training. Parabolic flight will be an integral
training system for crew and passengers in the growing suborbital
market,” said Terese Brewster, president of Zero-G.
The FAA has determined that Zero-G has the ability to provide
a flight environment capable of replicating reduced gravity
levels. These profiles include 0.00 g +/- 0.05 g for 17 continuous
seconds, 0.16 g +/- 0.05 g for 20 continuous seconds and 0.38 g
+/- 0.05 g for 20 continuous seconds.
Nield, Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation
at the FAA, congratulated Zero-G on receiving the Safety Approval.
“The training that Zero-G offers with its parabolic aircraft
flights provides an outstanding opportunity for crewmembers to experience firsthand the reduced gravity environment that is so
uniquely associated with spaceflight. By allowing crewmembers to
have that experience prior to launch, it will definitely help them
to be better prepared for their missions,” he said.
only does Zero-G have the capability of preparing crew and
passengers for spaceflight, the company also offers the scientific
community the opportunity to reduce the risk of experiment failure
prior to launch,” added Ms. Brewster. “Parabolic flight is the
critical first step in achieving space research objectives. The
Zero-G Weightless Lab
increases the probability that equipment will perform to specification and experiment protocols will be successful while in
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