Kepler Aerospace Ltd. (“Kepler”) announces that it has signed an agreement to acquire Stratoview Corp. through its newly formedsubsidiary, Kepler Spacecore Inc. (“KSC”).
February 11, 2019 – Cape Canaveral, Florida – Kepler announces that it has signed an agreement to acquire Stratoview Corp., a Delaware Corporation, for cash and shares. Stratoview owns and operates a fleet of aircraft that simulate zero gravity.
Airplanes have been used since 1959 to provide a nearly weightless environment in which to train astronauts, conduct research, and film motion pictures.
The definition of Zero-G or Zero Gravity is the condition of real or apparent weightlessness occurring when any gravitational forces acting on a body meet with no resistance, so the body is allowed to accelerate freely. Bodies in freefall, including trajectories like orbits, experience zero gravity; bodies at rest on the Earth’s surface do not, since they are subject to the counterforce ofthe surface supporting them.
To create a weightless environment, the airplane flies in a six-mile long parabolic arc, first climbing, then entering a powered dive. During the arc, the propulsion and steering of the aircraft are controlled such that the drag (air resistance) cancels thrust while the lift on the plane and weight are canceled out, leaving the plane to behave like a ballistic trajectory as it would if it were free-falling in a vacuum. During this period the plane’s occupants experience about 25 seconds of weightlessness, before experiencing about 25 seconds of about 2 g’s of acceleration (twice their normal weight) during the pull-out from the parabola. A typical flight lasts around two hours, during which up to 50 parabolas can be flown.
Stratoview offers this training to astronauts as well as private individuals that want to experience zero-gravity through their locations in Cape Canaveral, Florida and Las Vegas, Nevada.
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