How to fly like Superman

Wow! Do you ever have those “pinch me” moments, when you can’t believe where you are, what you’re doing or who you’re with?

My part time job fits that description exactly.  It’s not your typical part time job.  Let’s just call it my “fun job” because  I can’t believe I actually get paid to do it.  You see, I’m a  Zero Gravity coach for Zero Gravity Corporation.  My job is to teach people how to float in the air.

How to fly like Superman!
Flying like Superman!

We take people and experiments into weightless situations in G-FORCE ONE -a modified 727 aircraft flying parabolic flights.   You’ve all seen footage of astronauts on the shuttle or on the space station where everything is floating around.  Not only do we provide research and training flights for NASA, we also make this experience possible for the general public.  Now you can float weightless the same way the astronauts train to go into space.  It’s a HUGE amount of fun!

There is nothing like floating, doing flips and flying through the air like Superman!

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Ansari X PRIZE

X PRIZE Flights, X1 and X2

Early morning at the Ansari X PRIZE

I‘ve been so lucky to have had some incredible adventures lately. However, nothing compares to the last 6 months working for X PRIZE Foundation.

It was a great honor to be a part of something that was a mile marker in the history of mankind.

I had the privilege to work with Bob Weiss, Vice Chairman for the Foundation and to produce the live simulcast (TV and Web) for the X PRIZE flights. It ended up being the biggest webcast in the history of webcasts. More people logged on to watch the launches than any other live webcast. Ever. It was also big day on Discovery Network’s Science Channel, who saw a spike in their viewership as well.

But all that pales in comparison to being in Mojave – meeting the all the amazing people making history – working with an incredible crew – to not sleeping for days because there’s so much work to be done – to watching the launches – to realizing that maybe, just maybe, the door has been opened just far enough that you and I can someday experience space ourselves.

A person does not participate in something like that and remain unchanged.

In the aftermath, it’s the kind of thing that you wonder if it really happened or if it was all an incredible dream. Then you realize it’s not. It’s real. It’s very real and I am one incredibly lucky person.