The World from other Perspectives
My Parabolic Flight onboard Ilyushin 76MDK
My name is Boris Otter. I’m 47 years old and live in Switzerland. As an aeronautics and space fan, I passed several pilot licenses (Airline Transport Pilot License ATPL"A" frozen, Helicopter, Seaplane, and Gyrocopter) and had the privilege to fly on board the Sukhoï-27 and the L-39 in 1994 from Moscow Zhukovsky Airbase.
However, I had a dream! To become a cosmonaut! Simply like this! But of course, only a few exceptional persons can reach this level. From my point of view, I could have the possibility to fly weightlessness (Zero-G) onboard aircraft I was flying, as an aerobatic pilot.
But one day, I discovered that it was possible to fly Zero-G from Moscow, on board the Ilyushin-76 MDK, giving you ten times 25-28 seconds of pure weightlessness conditions, the cosmonaut dream!
I discovered Space-Affairs and Andreas Bergweiler, a passionate man, full of space knowledge and having more than 15 years of experience in the business of Zero-G Flight.
So, I gave him my trust and decided to go on with him for my first Zero-G experience from Russia, completed by a VIP cosmonaut training tour, including Star City visit, Monino Russian military aircraft museum and the Cosmonautics Museum in Moscow.
My dream became true in April 2016! I flew on board the exceptional Ilyushin-76 MDK, with a GoPro camera on my right hand, giving some incredible and amazing souvenirs of this (usually) once in a lifetime experience, which I will never regret.
I would only regret the decision of NOT doing it, either because of the costs, or because of medical reasons, but as far as I could afford it and I was medically fit enough to be accepted on board, nothing was stopping me from making my cosmonaut dream come true.
I think that too many words will not share the experience, so let me attach a few photos to my customer experience and two video links which will resume correctly the Zero-G experience I could live my dreams, thanks to Space-Affairs!
To finalise, I will say that if I did it, it’s because life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away…
Boris Otter - April 2016