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

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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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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.


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

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

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You posted the same link.

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

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

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