NASA's Weightless Wonder: "The Vomit Comet"

When our team has finished engineering the ROV, it will be tested on NASA's Reduced Gravity Aircraft, commonly referred to as "The Vomit Comet." This aircraft creates a nearly weightless environment, simulating the reduced gravity experienced by astronauts while in space.

How it works: The pilot of the craft follows a parabolic flight path, allowing those on board to float for approximately 25 seconds. By repeating the motion of pulling the nose of the plane upwards and thereafter following a parabola, the pilot is able to create a seemingly weightless environment on the aircraft.

Below is a video from NASA's website explaining the "Vomit Comet" experience:

With the aid of NASA's "Vomit Comet," the Rock Rovers team will be able to test their ROV's functionality in a low gravity environment. The data from this experiment will be recorded and analyzed by the the Rock Rovers' student team.