Starting in september of 2012, BRC design corporation in Southern California began designing a ride in which riders experience almost 8 seconds of weightlessness. This ride would be based off of a NASA invention known by astronaut trainees as “the vomit comet”. The original NASA invention takes astronauts into an aircraft that does multiple take off and landing camel backs that create up to 25 seconds of weightlessness.
The ride designed by BRC, known simply as Comet, would have a somewhat simpler design, similar to Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Superman: Escape from Krypton. The only major difference would be completely enclosed in a rocket shaped vehicle. This way, there could be less restraint, leading to riders actually feeling weightless. The ride would launch riders at a 400 ft tower, but once it reaches its top speed of 105 mph, it begins to decrease its speed, so riders feel the sensation of actually floating out of their seat for almost 8 seconds. The ride would cost an estimated 50 million dollars to build, and would take about a year of construction. Riders would enter the craft through winged doors and sit down in one of the 16 seats per car (6 rows of 2 and 1 of 4). The restraint would only be a lap belt, similar to what most airlines use, but without a fastening feature, so riders can actually experience floating out of their seats. Also, each seat would include its very own science kit containing either a glass of water, a ball, or a gyroscope, so riders could see how these items change properties. The ride would also be equipped with vomit drains, and showers to hose off if you “loose your lunch” during the ride. Unfortunately however, we may not see this ride for a while, due to its high price, 20 million dollars more than the average roller coaster.