vomit comet


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vomit comet

n
(Aeronautics) informal an aircraft that dives suddenly in altitude, simulating freefall, in order to allow astronauts to experience the nausea that can affect people in a gravity-free environment
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The trip is not for the faint of stomach: NASA used to train astronauts on a fast-diving airplane that offered intervals of weightlessness and was nicknamed the Vomit Comet -- apparently for good reason.
Roach writes with mischievous humor, recounting her experiences aboard the C-9 transport jet referred to by aficionados of weightless flight simulation as the Vomit Comet, "though NASA would like them to stop.
Stewart trained at least 800 hours for the experience, putting in time in NASA's underwater lab and the Zero-Gravity Simulator--the infamous Vomit Comet.
He also experienced zero gravity in the so-called Vomit Comet and underwent serious G-forces in a US Air Force centrifuge.
The vomit comet - in fact a modified Boeing 727 - was a dry run, so to speak, and thankfully remained so, despite its nickname.
Gavin Walsh joined a group of space tourists on Nasa's G-Force-1 - a specially designed Boeing used to train US astronauts - which has been dubbed the Vomit Comet.
From a go in the vomit comet - a nausea-inducing ride used to train Russian cosmonauts, to learning to ride a bike while wearing spectacles that turn the world upside down, filming the programmes tested Marven's senses to the extreme.
Another low-gravity method involves an airplane nicknamed "the Vomit Comet," which flies up and down rollercoaster-style.