It’s not deep space, but if you’re looking for an adventure that feels a bit like it, Zero Gravity Corporation is promoting a once-in-a-lifetime chance to go weightless with a “Star Trek” star.
Roddenberry Adventures is teaming with Zero-G to offer a chance to fly with George Takei, the actor who portrayed Lt. Hikaru Sulu in the original television series. Twenty seats will be available on a specially modified Boing 727.
“This is perhaps the closest any fan will ever get to actually boarding the USS Enterprise and boldly going where so few have gone before,” said Rod Roddenberry of Roddenberry Adventures in a news release.
As part of the 50th anniversary celebration of “Star Trek,” the flight will take place in Las Vegas on Aug. 4, almost 50 years after the airing of the show’s pilot episode. Each ticket is $6,500 plus a 5-percent tax and will include a Zero-G flight suit, Regravitation Celebration, certificate of weightless completion and photos and video of the unique experience shared with Takei. Ticket holders also will have the chance to mingle with Takei in standard gravity during a meet and greet prior to launch.
The airplane uses parabolic arcs to achieve weightlessness. At the top of each arc, those on board can moonwalk, flip and fly as they experience freedom from Earth’s pull.
“Weightless flights with Zero-G are already spectacular on their own, but having George Takei on board makes it a truly special experience,” said Terese Brewster, president and COO of Zero-G. “This will be an extraordinary opportunity for people to feel like they are in space while sharing that experience with someone who helped ignite our fascination for space exploration.”