Design firm pitches "zero gravity" coaster, inspired by NASA's "Vomit Comet"

Posted Friday, February 10, 2012 9:03 AM | Contributed by Raven-Phile

BRC Imagination Arts, a Southern California design firm, has proposed something entirely new: a ride that creates the sensation of zero gravity for up to eight seconds at a time. BRC drew its concept from the “Vomit Comet,” the plane NASA uses to train astronauts. The KC-135A aircraft flies a looping parabolic path, creating about 25 seconds of microgravity each time it zips up and over the parabola’s camelback hump. BRC’s proposed theme-park ride would travel a somewhat simpler trajectory—up and then back down a soaring steel edifice, similar to the existing “Superman: Escape from Krypton” coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain.

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Friday, February 10, 2012 9:18 AM

While this sounds nice, being strapped in on your seats kind of kills the fun. In that case I'd rather have the kind of airtime we're used to: being lifted up from your seat, in stead of being lifted up from the back of your seat as this concept would do. And I prefer negative G's to zero G :) Having that for 8 seconds would be frekking awesome!

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Friday, February 10, 2012 9:49 AM

So it's Superman... but more complex... with less than 2 additional seconds of weightlessness... with less rider freedom... for more than double the price?

Sounds like a winner.

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Friday, February 10, 2012 9:58 AM

This is the second post of this article. I posted about this a month or so ago back in the forums.

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Friday, February 10, 2012 11:12 AM

Hipster.

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Friday, February 10, 2012 11:29 AM

Ha!

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Friday, February 10, 2012 11:35 AM

Here's one with a better description, and illustrations. Basically, it's Superman.

edit: Oh, I guess the 2 links were the same place.

Last edited by Raven-Phile, Friday, February 10, 2012 3:45 PM
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Friday, February 10, 2012 2:04 PM

You posted the same link.

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Friday, February 10, 2012 3:32 PM

Oh, so that's what this thread was about.

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Friday, February 10, 2012 3:47 PM

Ah, yes - Zero punctuation and capitalization. That would be why I ignored it, don't know about anyone else.

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