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. Apparently James Cameron is a few hours north of me at the moment visiting the Alberta Oilsands.

    First time not reading the newspaper has failed me in about 7 years. Too bad, I would have made the excursion… although a Mini Cooper in rig country probably wouldn’t go well. ;)


  2. It’s like someone knew what I wanted most in life and paired them all up together! Seriously, I don’t think I can come up with something I’d want to do more than experience zero-g with James Cameron (AND Tim Ferriss!).


  3. Tim, you were on “Showbiz Tonight” with the rest of the gang for the Saturday Zero flight.

    Not sure if you saw it…look on CNN.


  4. Hi Tim,

    Not minding how much the cost, I mean, $20k is a huge some where I’m at…and I guess everywhere in the world m ;) being in ZERO Gravity is the an idea that I’d would like to get my hands on! Let alone “a close encounter with” James Cameron (hi Mr. Spielberg..).

    Good luck to the winning bid and I hope to see you on ZERO G..sooner or later :)


  5. If only I have the money for this, I could’ve bought the ticket but I just saw this blog today…
    No worries there are still other opportunities. lol


  6. Tim,

    I heard a piece on NPR this morning about how when bears hibernate, their muscles stay intact whereas human muscle would not remain under the same conditions.

    I was wondering if you had any experience researching how astronauts can create or maintain muscle and how it could relate to how regular people can maintain muscle with minimal workouts.

    I figured this was the most appropriate place to post this.