First, Bucko feels the crushing g-force of suborbital flight in the Phoenix centrifuge simulator at the NASTAR center in Southampton, PA. Then it's off to Las Vegas, NV to experience weightlessness during a Zero-G Experience parabolic flight.
"It's a giant arc," said Zero-G pilot Erich Domitrovits. "We pretty much go as fast as we can, and then we get into a pull...and when we run out of speed I start to push over. And when I push and depending on how hard I push, is the amount of weightlessness you feel."
"A good way to think of it is, you'll be floating just like somebody threw you like a football, and we'll be moving the airplane around you."