Experience Zero Gravity with James Cameron, Director of Avatar (and Me, Among Others)


James Cameron is writer and director of Avatar ($2.7 billion grossed), The Terminator, Aliens, and Titanic, among other blockbusters and genre-defining films.

On October 9th, James Cameron, Jim Gianopoulos (Fox Films Chairman/CEO), Peter Diamandis (X PRIZE Foundation Founder and Chairman), Tim Ferriss (that’s me), and a select group of others will experience zero gravity. And you could be with us…

I have one extra ticket (one seat), and I’m auctioning it off this week, starting now. 100% of the proceeds will go to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital:

The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to find cures for children with catastrophic illnesses through research and treatment. Children are treated without regard to a family’s ability to pay. St. Jude covers all costs not covered by insurance for medical treatment rendered at St. Jude. Families without insurance do not pay. St. Jude freely shares research findings with doctors and scientists around the world.

The auction is here and ends at 8pm PDT this Saturday, Sept. 25. Not interested in an auction? No problem. There is a “buy it now” option for the first person to grab it.

[UPDATE: The seat sold for the “buy it now” $20,000 within 24 hours. Incredible thanks to M.L.! $20,000 will do a tremendous amount of good at St. Jude.]

This once-in-a-lifetime experience, which will last about 8 hours, includes:

• VIP lunch reception with lecture from James Cameron discussing Avatar, Zero Gravity Corporation (ZERO-G), and humanity’s future in space.

• Pre-flight training to maximize your ZERO-G Flight Experience. This will include an orientation video, a chance for you to meet the group joining the flight, and a chance to ask questions and learn about the science behind ZERO-G.

• 90-minute flight of approximately 15 parabolas including Lunar gravity (one sixth your weight), Martian gravity (one third your weight), and Zero gravity (weightlessness). You will experience approximately eight minutes of weightlessness, which is about as much zero-gravity time Alan Shepard experienced on America’s first human spaceflight.

• Your very own ZERO-G flight suit, which is yours to keep.

• Personal in-flight photography and video of you floating with James Cameron.

• Post-flight photo with James Cameron and X PRIZE chairman Peter Diamandis.

• Special Avatar gift bag from Twentieth Century Fox.

The flight is identical to those used by NASA to train its astronauts, and you will be able to fly like Superman or flip like an Olympic gymnast.

Martha Stewart, Ozzy Osbourne and Stephen Hawking are just a few notable passengers who have flown with ZERO-G and proclaimed it to be one of the most thrilling experiences of their lives.

Here’s where you can learn more and get your seat.

Please note: This is a non-refundable ticket for the XPRIZE Charter flight only. ZERO-G cannot issue a credit or certificate for a future flight should the purchaser be unable to fly on the XPRIZE flight.

Posted on: September 22, 2010.

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65 comments on “Experience Zero Gravity with James Cameron, Director of Avatar (and Me, Among Others)

  1. For 8hrs with you, thats actually not a horrible deal. Think it would be epic if someone bought it and were pitching business plans while experiencing zero gravity with you.

    Sure would make for interesting convos with other investors when they asked how you two met. “Oh I just happened to be floating with Tim one day and we struck a partnership….”

    Awesome to see you auctioning this off. Best of luck Tim.



  2. Hi Tim,

    This sounds like an awesome opportunity!

    Slightly off topic: I’m not a fan of the new drop down “share” toolbar, especially in combination with Stumble Upon’s toolbar when you click through from your FB or Twitter accounts. Sharing is easy enough for those that would like to, with the icons at the end of the post :)

    Can’t wait to see the aftermath video of this event!




  3. Thanks, Dane. Appreciate the feedback. I wasn’t thinking through SU.PR on this one, which is definitely overkill. I’ll be pairing back at some point soon and testing the pieces separately.



  4. Tim,
    I’m not liking the sharing dropdown at all, hitting spacebar to scroll a page down (years of web browsing habit there:) means I have to scroll up manually 6 or so lines to see what’s under that drop down.

    On topic; Have fun in ZeroG, love to see any vids you do up there.



  5. So jealous! I wanna go! Great idea and for a good cause!

    PS – not a big fan of the share bar either. I share all ur stuff neways :P I share stuff if I like it, but I have seen that drop down on a few ppls blogs and its kinda annoying.


  6. Tim,

    I bid on the excursion, got outbid, and afterwards, I kind of regretted that I did this because the ebay site is not linked to the X Prize site, and the press release on the X Prize site says the auction ended on Sept 10 (albeit for 3 tickets). In addition, the seller on ebay only has 39 stars and sells things like ipods, jackets, etc. This makes me nervous and looks like a scam. I think it would be helpful if you clarified a few things so people can tell this is authentic.

    Sad that I won’t be able to meet you *or James Cameron*, but who knows, maybe you will have another auction. :)



    • Hi Tina,

      The X-Prizes first auction ended on Sept 10, but this is a separate auction. I’m also on Singularity U. faculty under Pete Diamandis, so I assure you this isn’t a scam. The seller in this case is my assistant, Charlie Hoehn, as I had him set this up.

      Hope that clears things up!



  7. Thanks Tim! Really appreciate the quick feedback. I think you have done some incredible things, and your book is a worthy best seller (I am a big fan!). Thanks for pushing the envelope.



  8. Cut that buy it now price in half and I’ll buy that ticket first thing in the morning.

    It’s a funny thing because when I did the dreamline exercise in your book one of the things I listed was space travel. This is really the next best thing, especially if it means I can get in good with the Space X guys, HA!

    I’m still working on the automation part of my muse but I really wanted to thank you for your book. It has been one of the best resources I have ever come across. I recently bought it again when I got the new kindle, and gave my hard copy to a friend who I knew would put it to good use. I feel what I paid for that book is way less than it’s actual value, so if we ever meet, food and drinks are on me!

    If I don’t end up there in the sky with you I hope you have a blast!


  9. Ok, I need that ticket – I have one blue paperclip to trade. The last Red paper clip that was traded ended up being a house so you never know.

    Also Tim, you challenged a mate and I to actually take you up on your own challenge of lying down in the middle of a busy street. I just wrote a post with the videos of us doing it – A forfeit for not hitting some monthly goals we set.


  10. Singularity U, eh? How long have you been interested in transhumanism? When will we see a post on this topic? :)

    Btw is there a way to send you a print copy of something where you will actually get it and some assistant won’t throw it in the trash right away? I want to send you an autographed copy of issue 5 of my magazine, which was a theme issue called “Becoming Ferriss”.