It’s something we all grow up with. It has been there all our lives but most days it isn’t something that is even mentioned. It keeps us in our houses and our houses from floating away. For a long time we didn’t even theorize its existence – life on a flat Earth meant standing on top was enough explanation for why we don’t fall off. I’m talking about gravity.
The first walk on the moon is probably a fond memory for many people, either having seen it on television when it happened or while growing up and learning about trips to space, but the concept of taking a step outside of the constraints of gravity is a wonderful thought; even if only for a moment. Thanks to the fact that many people want this, coupled with the amazing technologies that have been developed, this is actually more possible than you might have thought.
There are anti gravity flights one can buy a ticket for that fly special flight patterns to create the feeling of a lack of gravity. The planes are specially outfitted for this function with an open padded cabin and flown by professionals trained to perform the specific maneuvers. Watching a video of this in action shows that it looks incredibly similar to the cabin of the space shuttle while in space. These planes were actually created originally as a means of training astronauts for a trip in space and gave them the name “vomit comet” due to the intense flight path the planes took. Because of people’s consistent search for a more intense experience, multiple companies in the United States have made these flights available commercially for non-astronauts. They might start at a couple thousand dollars, but they definitely seem like a once in a lifetime experience.
In addition to these flights where you can really experience the loss of gravity, there are some more price sensitive options that you can strap on your feet. They’re definitely not in the same league as these flights (by a significant factor), but they offer an exciting experience while you’re saving up for the real thing. There are several options available ranging from modern versions of the mini trampolines you could strap on your feet to a new type of anti gravity boot that resembles miniature wearable pogo sticks.
The cheapest and probably tamest version of the anti gravity boots look like a pair of ski boots with a half oval of plastic. The bottom of the piece of plastic has treads like you would find on a small tire arching up to meet a flat plastic piece that is attached to the boot. When you bounce up and down with the boots on your feet, the pastic piece flexes and springs back, giving you a couple inches of air with each hop. This is probably more like fighting against the effects of gravity than eliminating the effects, but it still provides a fun experience and some good exercise.
On the more expensive end of the spectrum is the pair of pogo sticks that can be strapped to your feet. Watching a video of someone wearing these will probably bring on a rush of excitement and fear because they look like a great time, but you’re basically hopping on a concrete trampoline. Regardless of the danger, they definitely do a better job of defeating the effects of gravity and if practiced safely can probably hold you over until you can be bouncing around weightless on the inside of a plane plummeting (it sounds kind of crazy when put like that, doesn’t it?).
These might seem like limited options, but for those who are so inclined, there are some fun times and memorable experiences to be had while looking for ways to defy a force as strong as gravity.