X PRIZE FOUNDATION
Helping to raise funds for the X PRIZE Foundation (www.xprize.org), “Avatar” Producer/Director, James Cameron, will participate as the honored guest aboard an extraordinary ZERO-G Experience taking off from Van Nuys Airport (VNY) in Los Angeles, California on Saturday, October 9, 2010.Â Additional X PRIZE Board Members and special guests have purchased seats to participate in this special event.Â Three available seats for this once-in-a-lifetime adventure will be auctioned on eBay to the general public beginning Tuesday, August 31, 2010 and ending Friday, September 3, 2010.Â To find out more information about the auction and to bid on seats, visit http://eBay.com/cameron.
The weightless flight will take place aboard G-FORCE ONE, a specially modified, FAA-approved, Boeing 727-200 aircraft.Â The flight is identical to those used by NASA to train its astronauts.Â This unique journey offers guests the chance to fly like Superman and flip like an Olympic gymnast.Â It’s not simulated; ZERO-G replicates the same levels of gravity on Mars (1/3-gravity), the Moon (1/6-gravity), and zero gravity.Â Martha Stewart, Ozzy Osbourne and Stephen Hawking are just a few notable passengers who have flown with ZERO-G and proclaimed it to be one of the most thrilling experiences of their lives.
James Cameron, who serves on the X PRIZE Foundation’s Exploration Advisory Committee, recorded a video regarding the upcoming flight.Â In it he states, “My wife Susie and I are really excited about flying in the 727 for The ZERO-G Experienceâ„¢.Â I’ve done it before and it’s really an amazing experience.Â So, come along with us and we’ll go get weightless!Â Bid high on this one because it’s a great way to support our (X PRIZE Foundation’s) efforts in space.”
“We have many high-profile individuals joining this flight including Jim Gianopulos, Chairman/CEO of Fox Films and Tim Ferriss, best-selling author of ‘The 4-Hour Workweek,'” said Peter H. Diamandis, Chairman & CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation.Â “All proceeds from this eBay auction will go the X PRIZE Foundation to help design future prizes intended to drive radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity.”
ZERO-G is the first and only FAA-approved provider of commercial weightless flights for the general public. The ZERO-G Experienceâ„¢ launched in October 2004 and has since successfully flown more than 6,000 passengers aboard 250-plus flights. Headquartered in Vienna, Va., ZERO-G is co-founded by X PRIZE Chairman Peter Diamandis; veteran astronaut, Byron Lichtenberg, and NASA Engineer Ray Cronise.Â In 2008, ZERO-G was acquired by Space Adventures, Ltd., the first and only company to have launched privately-funded individuals to space.Â For more information, please visit www.GoZeroG.com.
About the X PRIZE Foundation:
The X PRIZE Foundation is an educational nonprofit prize institute whose mission is to create radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity. In 2004, the Foundation captured world headlines when Burt Rutan, backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, built and flew the world’s first private vehicle to space to win the $10 million Ansari X PRIZE. The Foundation has since launched the $10 million Archon X PRIZE for Genomics, the $30 million Google Lunar X PRIZE, and the $10 million Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE. The Foundation is creating and conducting competitions in four prize groups: Exploration (Space and Oceans), Life Sciences, Energy & Environment, and Education & Global Development. The Foundation is widely recognized as the leader in fostering innovation through competition. For more information, please visit www.xprize.org.