AstroAccess Successfully Completes ZERO-G Parabolic flight with Crew of 12 Disability Ambassadors
AstroAccess Successfully Completes ZERO-G
Parabolic flight with Crew of 12 Disability Ambassadors
Ambassadors experienced 15 weightless parabolas and tested new designs for accessibility
Ambassador feedback will inform design of future space missions
Flight seeks to advance disability inclusion in STEM
b>18 October 2021, Long Beach, CA – AstroAccess, an initiative dedicated to advancing disability inclusion in space exploration, and Zero Gravity Corporation (ZERO-G) successfully completed a parabolic flight with a crew of 12 ambassadors with mobility, vision, and hearing disabilities on Sunday, October 17.
On Sunday, the ZERO-G aircraft ascended to an altitude of 32,000 feet, at which point the vehicle commenced its parabolic maneuvers. Ambassadors carried out planned demonstrations over the course of 15 arcs, experiencing multiple minutes of weightlessness.
During the flight, the ambassadors conducted demonstrations to understand how space vessels can be made more accessible by design and procedure. These tests included new visual and haptic feedback mechanisms to signify phases of flight, crew uniforms intentionally designed for accessibility, interior customizations to provide instantaneous location and orientation awareness for safety in microgravity, and [...]