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Swiss Space Systems Announces Plan To Offer World's Cheapest Zero-G Flights

samzenpus posted about 6 months ago | from the discount-vomit-rocket dept.

Space 64

Zothecula (1870348) writes "Although you'll probably never make it to outer space, Swiss Space Systems (S3) is at least trying to move the zero-gravity experience a little closer to reality for the average person. This week, the company announced its plans to start offering what it claims will be the world's cheapest weightlessness-inducing flights, from 15 international locations."

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never my ass (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47068853)

Although you'll probably never make it to outer space

speak for yourself, you pessimistic cunt

Re:never my ass (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47068959)

Thank you for being a friend.
Travel down the road and back again.
Your heart is true, you're a pal and a cosmonaut

And if you threw a party,
invited everyone you knew.
You would see the biggest gift would be from me
and the card attached would say,
thank you for being a friend.

never my ass (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47069059)

fanboy alert. It's just biz, not science. if you really want to get a feeling of zero G, there are many cheaper alternatives out there.

Re:never my ass (1)

ClickOnThis (137803) | about 6 months ago | (#47070985)

fanboy alert. It's just biz, not science. if you really want to get a feeling of zero G, there are many cheaper alternatives out there.

Like scuba diving.

Re:never my ass (1)

davester666 (731373) | about 6 months ago | (#47072671)

this sounds like exactly the kind of thing you want the cheapest provider to perform the service...

Re:never my ass (1)

Deadstick (535032) | about 6 months ago | (#47071017)

if you really want to get a feeling of zero G, there are many cheaper alternatives out there.

Indeed. If you'll be happy with three or four seconds of it, and you have a friend with a Cessna, he can do it for a couple of gallons of gas (though a flight instructor will usually do a better job).

What could go wrong with the Vomit Comet? (1)

Squidlips (1206004) | about 6 months ago | (#47068965)

Gives a new meaning to Hurling Through Space... Do they scrub it down between flight? Maybe not on discount flights. Mmmm will smell great... Bring your cat...

Re:What could go wrong with the Vomit Comet? (2)

Charliemopps (1157495) | about 6 months ago | (#47069045)

Gives a new meaning to Hurling Through Space...

Do they scrub it down between flight? Maybe not on discount flights. Mmmm will smell great...

Bring your cat...

That depends on how they design it. A while back I was going to start my own bar and when it came to the bathroom design I was going to have it tiled, floor, ceiling and walls. With shower heads in the ceiling and a central drain with an industrial garbage disposal in the floor. The plumber thought I was a genius when he quoted it(probably because it wasn't going to be cheap) but I eventually abandon the entire venture when I realized I'd be a hardcore alcoholic within 6 months if I went ahead with it.

Re:What could go wrong with the Vomit Comet? (1)

50000BTU_barbecue (588132) | about 6 months ago | (#47069143)

If that was your only worry about opening a bar... Here in Montreal within a week you'll have your local thugs muscling in. No matter how upscale the neighborhood looks during the day. I used to work in Old Montreal when there was a broad daylight assassination on my street. The bar also had regular stabbings at night...

Re:What could go wrong with the Vomit Comet? (1)

Charliemopps (1157495) | about 6 months ago | (#47069799)

If that was your only worry about opening a bar... Here in Montreal within a week you'll have your local thugs muscling in. No matter how upscale the neighborhood looks during the day. I used to work in Old Montreal when there was a broad daylight assassination on my street. The bar also had regular stabbings at night...

Yea, I have an uncle that ran a bar as well. Those guys tend to stop bothering you when you pull a 12guage out from under the counter. You can't do that in Montreal though I don't think.

Re:What could go wrong with the Vomit Comet? (0)

50000BTU_barbecue (588132) | about 6 months ago | (#47070575)

No, Canada is a wimpy place where criminals have more rights than a regular citizen.

Re:What could go wrong with the Vomit Comet? (1)

HornWumpus (783565) | about 6 months ago | (#47069439)

A friend did something similar with his kids bathroom.

Used a product similar to truck bed liner, but made to go over stick/tile backer board construction.

When he has to clean it, he just turns on the shower and uses the hand held shower-head (aka 'the wife's best friend') to wash the whole room down.

Re:What could go wrong with the Vomit Comet? (1)

ShanghaiBill (739463) | about 6 months ago | (#47069539)

when it came to the bathroom design I was going to have it tiled, floor, ceiling and walls. With shower heads in the ceiling and a central drain with an industrial garbage disposal in the floor.

I have seen bathrooms like that in Japan (except for the garbage disposal). Basically, the whole bathroom is a shower stall. It saves space in a tiny apartment, and makes cleaning easy.

Re:What could go wrong with the Vomit Comet? (1)

sunderland56 (621843) | about 6 months ago | (#47069775)

I have seen bathrooms like that in Japan

In Japan you wash yourself - soap down and rinse - *outside* the tub. You only get into the tub after you're clean. So yes, the entire room *is* a shower stall.

That's why the toilet is in a completely different room from the tub.

maybe steer clear of Princess cruises (1)

Thud457 (234763) | about 6 months ago | (#47069051)

Sounds like an ideal way to transmit norovirus. Be sure to schedule a flight before going on your holiday cruise [cdc.gov] .

Re:What could go wrong with the Vomit Comet? (2)

spitzak (4019) | about 6 months ago | (#47069333)

According to the FA it is divided into 3 rooms (first class, second, and budget?). Maybe they only clean the first two between flights.

Re:What could go wrong with the Vomit Comet? (1)

Deadstick (535032) | about 6 months ago | (#47071041)

Airplane barf is a well-explored phenomenon. To quote The Graduate, plastics.

cheapest "weightless" experience (4, Funny)

OglinTatas (710589) | about 6 months ago | (#47068975)

For 1 dollar I will push you off a cliff. You'll have to sign a waiver first though, because the safety record is atrocious.

Re:cheapest "weightless" experience (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47069081)

For 1 dollar I will push you off a cliff. You'll have to sign a waiver first though, because the safety record is atrocious.

For $0.99 I will push you off a high dive. It cheeper and safer than my competitors company that will try to kill you.

Re:cheapest "weightless" experience (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47069325)

For $0.98 I will push you onto a trampoline. Less acrophobic than a high dive and you get the pleasant bounce effect.

Re:cheapest "weightless" experience (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47071851)

And I, Bruno the Magnificent, will dive 1000 feet onto a block of cement! On my head even!

Re:cheapest "weightless" experience (1)

tquasar (1405457) | about 6 months ago | (#47069641)

I just poke the "down" button and jump when the elevator starts moving.

Re:cheapest "weightless" experience (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47075807)

For 1 dollar I will push you off a cliff. You'll have to sign a waiver first though, because the safety record is atrocious.

I'll hit you in the head with a framing hammer for free, and in an instant the world will
become a better place.

Pricing (3, Informative)

mmmmbeer (107215) | about 6 months ago | (#47068981)

FTFA:

The planes will be divided into three sections. For a price of under €2,000 (US$2,700), you'll get to share the Party Room with up to 39 other "cheapskates" (for comparison, flights with one of S3's established competitors start at $4,950). If you're willing to pay €5,000 ($6,800), however, you can be one of 28 people in the Premium Zone – this will include the chance to play with items such as liquids and balloons, plus it will get you an exclusive Breitling S3 ZeroG wristwatch and an S3 flight suit to take home.

Finally, a dozen passengers can enjoy a "tailor-made experience" in the VIP Room, which will cost an even €50,000 ($68,000) to book – all of those people will also get a watch and a flight suit.

Re:Pricing (1)

retchdog (1319261) | about 6 months ago | (#47069015)

is whoring legal in switzerland? for €50K in the "VIP room" i'd better get a blowjob along with my watch and souvenir suit.

Re:Pricing (1)

retchdog (1319261) | about 6 months ago | (#47069041)

holy shit! slashdot now accepts (a subset of) unicode input without mangling it! welcome to the 21st century.

Re:Pricing (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47069159)

Have you been gone for a couple of years?

Re:Pricing (1)

retchdog (1319261) | about 6 months ago | (#47069411)

no, but i must have missed the memo.

TPS Report, Not Memo (1)

HannethCom (585323) | about 6 months ago | (#47069455)

You must have missed the TPS Report. Slashdot Beta was also perfectly outlined in a TPS Report as well, but I guess no one payed attention before it was almost ready to release.

Re:TPS Report, Not Memo (1)

retchdog (1319261) | about 6 months ago | (#47069473)

sorry i missed it; must have been the new coversheet.

Re:Pricing (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47069073)

You can get one for Ã50 in Amsterdam. With Ã50k, you could try like 1000 women. How does that sound?

Re:Pricing (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47069967)

The prohibition of prostitution in the US has created an artificial scarcity. Legalize prostitution nationally, and never again will women be getting free drinks in bars and pulling the other bullshit games they all do. They can either act like respectable woman or become whores. Regardless, men won't be falling over themselves for them.

Re:Pricing (1)

retchdog (1319261) | about 6 months ago | (#47072277)

uh, countries with legalized prostitution still have men buying women drinks. it's still cheaper than a whore (relative to the bar; if you go to an expensive bar, the 'equivalent' whore would be proportionally more expensive of course), and often you have more options, not to mention that the process as a whole is more enjoyable, at least for me.

btw, you don't need to spend a lot on drinks if you don't want to, and many schools of thought (both feminist and "PUA") say you shouldn't. you just need other redeeming qualities and a bit of spine. i've gotten laid at a fairly respectable rate without spending a cent.

Re:Pricing (1)

tlhIngan (30335) | about 6 months ago | (#47069567)

is whoring legal in switzerland? for â50K in the "VIP room" i'd better get a blowjob along with my watch and souvenir suit.

Given it's probably like the Vomit Comet, if you can get it done in 30 seconds, then yeah. If not, well, it's going to be... interesting.

After all, Zero-G did it first, but they charge around $5k/person, so this Swiss company doing it for half that price is interesting.

Then again, I think the Zero-G experience is more of the "premium" experience, so the prices are comparable. It's just they have a low cost version where you can float around a bit.

Re:Pricing (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47072775)

is whoring legal in switzerland?

I understand it was meant as a joke, but prostitution is indeed legal in Switzerland. Not sure it's included in the 50k package mentioned above, though.

Re:Pricing (1)

delt0r (999393) | about 6 months ago | (#47072915)

Clearly you have never lived in Switzerland. For 50K you mite get a car park for a year or a cheap watch, they may even let you open a "peasant" bank account, but if you want a BJ you going to have to live with a 60year old that hasn't had a STD test for 20 years. And its probably a dude.

Re:Pricing (1)

retchdog (1319261) | about 6 months ago | (#47073481)

+5, Informative.

Re:Pricing (1)

OglinTatas (710589) | about 6 months ago | (#47069037)

how much for a private room where you can attempt to bone your partner? (apparently there are some difficulties maintaining position in zero g)

Or is that what the "party room" is for?

Re:Pricing (1)

gstoddart (321705) | about 6 months ago | (#47069267)

how much for a private room where you can attempt to bone your partner? (apparently there are some difficulties maintaining position in zero g)

Well, more than that, if this is using the same techniques as the vomit comet NASA uses, you only get 'weightless' for about 30 seconds or so at a time before the plane has to do it all over again.

You're not going to get several consecutive minutes of this.

So, coitus interruptus is going to be a pretty constant problem, and the flight crew is going to have to be constantly tending to you to ensure you don't crash into the fuselage.

Don't get me wrong, I'm sure someone would pay good money for that. I just don't think it would be nearly as cool as it sounds.

Re:Pricing (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47069503)

This is /. An actual woman? 30 seconds should be enough for seconds.

Re:Pricing (1)

Atrox666 (957601) | about 6 months ago | (#47069421)

Fundies, underwear for two. Look it up, where there's a will there's a way.

Re:Pricing (1)

Charliemopps (1157495) | about 6 months ago | (#47069091)

FTFA:

Finally, a dozen passengers can enjoy a "tailor-made experience" in the VIP Room, which will cost an even €50,000 ($68,000) to book – all of those people will also get a watch and a flight suit.

and a 0G lap dance!

Re:Pricing (1)

BattleApple (956701) | about 6 months ago | (#47069147)

Thank you.
If only slashdot could figure out a way to take the most relevant information in an article.. and somehow put it at the top of the comment section.. Hmm, what could we call it?

Good. (2)

Jethro (14165) | about 6 months ago | (#47069153)

I like this trend. Ok, it's not a trend yet but I hope it will be. Yeah, I'll probably never make it into space and even if I do it'll probably only be "technically" space, rather than OH MY GOD I'M IN SPACE. But this is something I've always wanted to do, but I'd rather not spend $5K on it.

So come on, more competition, preferably while I'm still young!

Cant be cheap!!! (1)

Glazan (3663281) | about 6 months ago | (#47069171)

It will nobody go to this project.NEVER EVER.First of all it costs too much and many people are scared of it.With the money, I could buy many good things.

Re:Cant be cheap!!! (1)

gstoddart (321705) | about 6 months ago | (#47069293)

Never underestimate what people with lots of money will spend it on.

I'd love to have about 1% of all of the money wasted in expensive champagne which is sprayed in hipster VIP lounges every year -- I'm betting I could pay off my house pretty quickly.

And the more money people have, the stupider the things they spend it on.

Oh, to have that problem. I'd love to have enough money that I could spend stuff on stupid shit and not care.

Re:Cant be cheap!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47069313)

What's your first language?

Re:Cant be cheap!!! (1)

HornWumpus (783565) | about 6 months ago | (#47069521)

Fortran

Re:Cant be cheap!!! (1)

onkelonkel (560274) | about 6 months ago | (#47069665)

Algol W!

Re:Cant be cheap!!! (1)

Existential Wombat (1701124) | about 6 months ago | (#47072135)

Cesil

no such thing as zero-g. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47069297)

You can never be out of the pull of Earth's gravity. You can, however, have a sensation of weightlessness.

Re:no such thing as zero-g. (2)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47069441)

You can never be out of the pull of Jupiter's gravity. You can never be out of the pull of that dust bunny in the corner of the room's gravity. You can never be out of the pull of YO MAMA'S gravity.

Re:no such thing as zero-g. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47070995)

You can never be out of the pull of YO MAMA'S gravity.

Tell me about it.. YO MAMA'S still sucking me in as we speak!

Re:no such thing as zero-g. (1)

Deadstick (535032) | about 6 months ago | (#47070987)

Capital G is the symbol for a unit of acceleration equal to 9.80665 m/s^2, which is the acceleration of Earth gravity. Accelerometers read acceleration in G units, and that includes the one in your cellphone. Take that phone on a Vomit Comet ride, and you will indeed see zero G's on it.

Re:no such thing as zero-g. (1)

ssam (2723487) | about 6 months ago | (#47072685)

"Do you really expect me to do coordinate transforms in my head while free falling in a plane?"

Can't help but think.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47069299)

Reminds me of the quote from Armageddon: "You know we're sitting on four million pounds of fuel, one nuclear weapon and a thing that has 270,000 moving parts built by the lowest bidder. Makes you feel good, doesn't it?"

Sometimes the cheapest option is not the best choice.

Although you'll probably never make it to outer... (1)

Narcocide (102829) | about 6 months ago | (#47069381)

Rude!!

Cheaper solution (1)

Atrox666 (957601) | about 6 months ago | (#47069437)

Malaysian Airlines?

Re:Cheaper solution (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47069697)

Air France has a pretty good Zero-G experience too, for a reasonable price.
The last one is still somewhere in the Atlantic.

Re:Cheaper solution (1)

Graydyn Young (2835695) | about 6 months ago | (#47073925)

Too soon.

Lame ass summary (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47069511)

Instead of listing the prices, you copy and paste the first paragraph as click bait. More advertising brought to you by Slashbot.

swiss ... cheapest (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47069563)

Those two words never go together (in a non-negative sentence)

International Locations (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47071243)

What's an International Location? Like, the Space Station?

This isn't anything new (1)

ihtoit (3393327) | about 6 months ago | (#47073635)

Have you seen airliners on terminal approach to Luton Airport? If that doesn't leave you with your balls in your mouth just watching from the ground, you're not paying attention. They hit harder than carrier landings there.

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