BRC Imagination Arts, a Southern California design firm, has a proposal on the table that's sure to elate thrill seekers everywhere. According to Pop Sci, BRC wants to build a theme-park ride inspired by NASA's astronaut training airplane, the KC-135, affectionately referred to also as "The Vomit Comet."
During NASA's training flights, the KC-135 does 30 to 40 parabolic dives to create 20 to 25 seconds of weightlessness for soon-to-be astronauts, similar to the microgravity they experience in space.
BRC's zero-gravity ride, essentially does the same thing. Imagine blasting down a straight-away track at 100 miles an hour in a fully enclosed cabin, then taking a sharp, 90 degree turn straight up. As you're launching vertically towards the sky, the ride rapidly decelerates. Safety belts are loose enough that, during deceleration, riders come out of their seat and are suspended in mid-air.