How Zero-G Planes Work

  • Published on:  12/11/2017
  • The European Space Agency offered me a seat on their zero-g plane: it's an Airbus A310 that flies parabolic maneuvers, pulling up into the sky and then arcing back down, giving its passengers about 20 seconds of weightlessness (or "microgravity") at a time. Here's how it works.

    Some people would have filmed their script on the ground, and just messed about while floating. I decided to go for something a bit more challenging.


    If you're a masters or PhD student from an ESA member state, and zero-g sounds like your thing, have a look at the Fly Your Thesis program: -- the 2017-18 submissions are closed, but that just gives you time to start planning for next year...



    Why isn't Neil floating around the cabin in zero-g?: Sometimes, his feet are under a safety strap, so he doesn't drift away. Sometimes, he's holding on with one hand, and he's just that good at zero-g maneuvers.

    Why's my face so red?: During the 1.8g phase, my heart has to work extra hard to pump blood up to my head -- when I switch to 0g, it takes a few seconds for it to slow pumping, so my blood pressure spikes.

    What stabilised camera did I use?: You're looking at footage from a GoPro Fusion, stabilised in post using Adobe After Effects and the telemetry from the plane's sensors.

    What did it feel like?: There'll be a behind-the-scenes video on the Matt and Tom channel on Saturday, hopefully!


    Camera: Melanie Cowan

    Thank you to everyone at ESA and Novespace who helped make this happen!

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  • Tom Scott
    Tom Scott  9 months ago+834

    Full subtitles are available if any of the audio's unclear - and pull down the description for links and FAQs. There'll be a behind-the-scenes video over on the Matt and Tom channel on Saturday if all goes well!

  • Luke Johnson
    Luke Johnson 6 days ago

    Part of the space deception. Research flat earth

  • Ali Baba
    Ali Baba 16 days ago

    Those are REALLY old planes

  • Yürüyen Ansiklopedi
    Yürüyen Ansiklopedi 1 months ago

    1:01 axis HOİ4 intensifies

  • ddoogg88 tdog
    ddoogg88 tdog 1 months ago

    I like that you sound calm when flailing about

  • Tim Cantrell
    Tim Cantrell 1 months ago

    Totally amazing above the gas, and yes it is a totally good idea, total shortcut from here to there

  • Super Gogeta
    Super Gogeta 1 months ago

    how can u prove something by being a plane and not actually in space that plane is not in space its just free falling

  • Aiden_Playz *dead channel*

    Dude that looks fun

  • Anna Martina Barrett
    Anna Martina Barrett 3 months ago

    Please help someone got mad at me and they are under my mobile home shocking me my ears ring and I can feel my heart flutter and my feet tingle all the time how can they do this

    THUNDER BUDDIES 3 months ago

    Thats Super Coooolll...
    and Really Awesome..
    I will Do it One Day..😉😉

  • Bangsatron 09
    Bangsatron 09 4 months ago

    Who still remembers his video when he did how to break laws in London.

  • Ack
    Ack 4 months ago

    It looks like your in space

  • Andrew Hudson
    Andrew Hudson 4 months ago

    My favorite part: when Tom says "I got it, we're good" and Neil grimaces because he knows what's about to happen...

  • Ismail Gul
    Ismail Gul 4 months ago

    he is moving his hand like if he is in water and he can control his motions unfortunately it looks like his brain is flying too :D

  • easy
    easy 4 months ago

    What a great job it must be to be one of the guys in the back making sure people are okay.

  • Garrett Norris
    Garrett Norris 4 months ago

    "I got it, we're good"
    >immediately slams crotch into floor

    RAVI VERMA 4 months ago

    It's amazing how you manage to talk in these conditions

  • Lights Out YouTube!
    Lights Out YouTube! 5 months ago

    Why was no one else floating?

  • NLferdiNL
    NLferdiNL 5 months ago

    I wonder how Neill felt about your effort to move as much as possible.

  • Drek Rowling
    Drek Rowling 5 months ago

    Harry potter an the deathly hallows part 2 (in gringotts)