James Cameron & Friends Soar Weightless in Avatar Zero-G Experience to Support X PRIZE Foundation
by X PRIZE Foundation Press Release
Review by Charles Mohapel
X PRIZE Foundation News ISBN/ITEM#: CM101012AVATAR
Date: 12 October 2010
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(Image: Avatar Director/Producer James Cameron floats weightless in Zero G along with X PRIZE Trustees in a flight to raise funds for the X PRIZE Foundation. Left to right: Rob McEwen (Chairman, US Gold), James Cameron, Peter H. Diamandis (Chairman/CEO, X PRIZE),Elon Musk (Chairman/CEO, SpaceX), Jim Gianopulos (Chairman/CEO, Fox Filmed Entertainment). Photo credit: Steve Boxall)
LOS ANGELES, CA (October 11, 2010) - James Cameron, AVATAR Producer/Director and avid explorer, took flight aboard the ZERO-G Experience on Saturday, October 9, to raise funds for the X PRIZE Foundation. Joining Cameron on this flight was X PRIZE Foundation Trustee Jim Gianopulos, Chairman and CEO, Fox Filmed Entertainment. Other notable flyers included: Tim Ferriss, Author, "The 4-Hour Workweek"; Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, Chairman and CEO, X PRIZE Foundation; along with X PRIZE Foundation Board Members Elon Musk, Chairman and CEO of SpaceX; and Rob McEwen, Chairman and CEO of US Gold.
This special flight assembled a group of 30 individuals who are passionate about the science and technology represented in AVATAR and mission and innovation of the X PRIZE Foundation. Three spots were reserved for the winners of an eBay auction, in which the general public went head-to-head in a bidding war to snag a coveted seat aboard the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. An additional 20 seats were sold for $15,000 each. The weightless experience took place aboard G-FORCE ONE, a specially modified, FAA-approved, Boeing 727-200 aircraft which departed from Van Nuys Airport. The flight, identical to those used by NASA to train its astronauts, provided guests the chance to fly like Superman and flip like an Olympic gymnast, as ZERO-G creates Martian (1/3-gravity), Lunar (1/6-gravity), and zero gravity conditions over the course of 15 parabolic arcs.