Friday, December 09, 2005

In space, no one can hear you heckling the umpire

Here's a pretty cool article that says zero-gravity sports may be possible in the near future:
An early look at space sports comes courtesy of the Zero-Gravity Corp. — a space entertainment and tourism company headquartered in Dania Beach, Fla.

Making use of a modified Boeing 727-200 aircraft, Zero-G provides thrill-seekers that free-fall feeling so enjoyed by astronauts. The firm’s "G-Force One" plane makes roller coaster-like maneuvers in the air with dives and pullouts repeated numbers of times for paying customers.

Zero-G has been looking at a variety of weightless sports, said Peter Diamandis, chairman and chief executive officer of the company. The group has been approached by a range of individuals and companies having an array of ideas for space sports, he said...

Onboard the company’s aircraft, passengers have already played weightless dodgeball and tag.
Now, before you go calling this Diamandis guy a genius or anything, the first thing that apparently popped into his head was how cool it would be to have pro wrestling in a zero-G environment. Ugh.

But the article goes on to mention that there's a company developing plans for a zero-G sports league, and that people are beginning to think of things like orbiting stadiums, to be built when passenger space travel becomes more affordable.

That's all well and good, but in the meantime I think we ought to be concentrating on other futuristic sports that can be played closer to home.

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