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Zero Gravity Wins NASA Contract
January 16, 2008

NASA has chosen Zero Gravity Corporation (ZERO-G®), the first and only FAA-approved provider of commercial weightless flights, to manage and operate an aircraft to perform parabolic flights for NASA-operated experiments and personnel. The relationship marks a key milestone for NASA’s parabolic operations, which have been previously operated using government aircraft and personnel. This represents the first time a commercial operator has been contracted to provide weightless flight services. ZERO-G’s flights will primarily initiate from NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston and NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland.

During ZERO-G flights, NASA will perform experiments and research in aeronautics, fluid physics, combustion, material sciences and life sciences. The reduced gravity environment will also allow NASA to further develop its Crew Exploration Vehicle, and train astronauts for future flights on the space shuttle and the International Space Station.

The contract’s one-year base period, valued at $4.7 million, began on Jan. 1. Four one-year options could add just over $5 million per year to the fixed price, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract total. These options could extend the period of performance to a total of five years, for an estimated $25.4 million.

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