Monday, February 9, 2009

NASA Giving Away Zero-Gravity Flights

Want a free ride on the vomit comet? Talk to NASA.

The space agency is giving away spots on zero-gravity flights to anyone who's got a great idea or potential product for spaceflight but can't afford free-fall testing.

Through its Facilitated Access to the Space Environment for Technology Development and Training (FAST) program, NASA is offering flight time to small businesses, individuals, universities and research institutions developing technologies "that have potential use in future agency projects" in orbit or on missions to the moon and Mars.

Past experiments tested under the program included pneumatic drilling under lunar gravity, as well as nanofluid-coolant and virtual-sensor effectiveness under various gravities...

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