Anti-gravity: the dream of every would-be astronaut and space obsessed kid (okay, who are we kidding, adults too!).
It does sound pretty great: completely free from the confines of gravity, bounding weightless, hopping from moon crater to moon crater.
But, we’ve got a bit of bummer news: anti-gravity doesn’t exist.
Here’s a quick physics briefing.
Way back when, Sir Isaac Newton concluded that the force of gravity was what made an apple fall from a tree and kept the plants, animals, and people that call this spinning planet home from being flung off willy nilly into space. Additionally, Sir Issac Newton deduced that gravity forces exist between all objects and that gravity is a force of attraction between any two masses in the universe. Turns out this force even exists way out in orbit, and the only way to “escape” gravity is to reach a region of space far beyond any celestial bodies.
So, what is hopeful zero gravity dreamer to do?
Well, you can get close, empty your pockets (it runs just under $5,0000), and give your stomach a run for its money, in a modified Boeing 727 that takes passengers up to 24,000feet on a steep parabolic arc to induce 1.8G’s on a ride lovingly nicknamed the vomit comet (sounds yummy right?) OR
You can experience something else truly spectacular (and less nausea inducing): indoor skydiving.
Indoor skydiving is not the same as a truly zero gravity experience. This is because you’re free-falling rather than entirely defying the earth’s grasp on you; but it’s as close you can come to the fun, cushioned, and weightless feeling you’re craving! Consider the indoor wind tunnel your personal anti-gravity chamber – here’s why:
One of the most enchanting things about a zero-gravity experience would be the floating, flipping, head over heels acrobatics. Guess what? This “zero gravity ride” is exactly what can occur during indoor skydiving. Beginner flyers will generally fly on the horizontal axis of their body (I.e. their tummy or back). However, as a flyer develops skills may then begin experimenting with other orientations (think head up like sitting in a chair or head down with feet in the air). These topsy turvy mind bending acrobatics are as mesmerizing to watch as they are fun to do!
So, what would you say to being able to get as close to zero gravity as possible AND to having a great time flying with your friends? Even, if your friends won’t join you, the indoor skydiving tunnel offers flyers the opportunity to connect with others and make friends. The other neat thing about flying in the indoor wind tunnel is the ability to build and develop skill sets necessary for body flight. While nature may have got gifted you with wings, you can still fly!
Indoor skydiving can quickly become a family affair! Flight in the indoor wind tunnel is well suited to individuals of all ages. In fact, we routinely host flyers from ages 3 through 93! While a full anti-gravity experience might be too much for the grandparents, a flight in the indoor wind tunnel is quite alright. Get the aunts and uncles off the side-lines and bring everyone out to experience the joy of flight!
Ready to press pause on gravity? Check out the (close to) zero gravity experience today at Paraclete XP.
Outstanding facilities, outstanding staff, outstanding instruction, and so much fun! I brought 23 of us from Troop 9212 and AHG SC 9212 and they were awesome with the Scouts/AHGs. Would recommend others BSA/AHG units to check them out as it is safe, fun, and a great value for what you learn!