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Zero gravity space project postponed in Middle East

ZeroG was scheduled to visit Bahrain, Qatar and the UAE in April, but will now not appear until H1 2016

Zero gravity space project postponed in Middle East
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A travelling project that offers people the chance to experience weightlessness has postponed its trip to the Middle East.

The ZeroG project was scheduled to visit Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates in April, but has now been postponed until the first half of 2016, Doha News reported.

ZeroG is a two-hour aircraft trip run by space engineering firm Swiss Space Systems, during which passengers experience weightlessness via 15 manoeuvers that remove gravity for between 20 and 25 seconds at a time, the company claims.

Registration for the flights opened last August. The flights are pricey, Doha News said, with the cheapest seats - in the so-called ‘party zone’ - costing 2,000 euros (QR10,000) each.

Tickets for the premium zone – in which passengers can play with liquids and balloons while flying – are 5,000 euros (QR24,000) each.

And tickets for the VIP Room cost 50,000 euros (nearly QR244,000) and include tailor-made experiences the company does not specify on its website.

Swiss Space Systems is based in Payerne, western Switzerland, where it plans to build a spaceport this year and provide orbital launches of small satellites and manned suborbital spaceflights.

Doha News said Swiss Space Systems did not respond to questions about why the trip was postponed.

The company had not responded to Arabian Business’s request for comment by the time of publication.

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