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plasticpig

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10,042 posts

130 months

Thursday 5th July 2012
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Not a subject that immediately springs to mind when thinking about suborbital tourism. However I was wandering how Virgin are going to cope with the fact that over 50% of Astronauts suffer from Space Adaption Sickness and vomiting is a common phenomena. Normal barf bags aren't going to work too well in a low gravity environment.

dr_gn

10,340 posts

89 months

Thursday 5th July 2012
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plasticpig said:
Not a subject that immediately springs to mind when thinking about suborbital tourism. However I was wandering how Virgin are going to cope with the fact that over 50% of Astronauts suffer from Space Adaption Sickness and vomiting is a common phenomena. Normal barf bags aren't going to work too well in a low gravity environment.
They're developing special goldfish bowl helmets with an internal winscreen wiper.

davepoth

25,686 posts

104 months

Thursday 5th July 2012
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plasticpig said:
Not a subject that immediately springs to mind when thinking about suborbital tourism. However I was wandering how Virgin are going to cope with the fact that over 50% of Astronauts suffer from Space Adaption Sickness and vomiting is a common phenomena. Normal barf bags aren't going to work too well in a low gravity environment.
They'll only be in low gravity conditions for four or five minutes at the most, if I understand the flight plan correctly. I'm guessing a bag with a good seal around the mouth and some kind of one-way valve will work - vomit gets ejected with a fair bit of force.

DieselGriff

5,160 posts

164 months

Thursday 5th July 2012
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If they eat on the day of the flight they will be restricted to bananas.


(Just wondering if anyone recognises the Clarkson connection smile)

Jimbo.

3,177 posts

94 months

Thursday 5th July 2012
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DieselGriff said:
If they eat on the day of the flight they will be restricted to bananas.


(Just wondering if anyone recognises the Clarkson connection smile)
Taste the same on the way up, as they do on the way down...or something like that!
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Crossflow Kid

9,211 posts

96 months

Friday 6th July 2012
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Jimbo. said:
DieselGriff said:
If they eat on the day of the flight they will be restricted to bananas.


(Just wondering if anyone recognises the Clarkson connection smile)
Taste the same on the way up, as they do on the way down...or something like that!
That's oranges, not bananas.

Eric Mc

85,741 posts

170 months

Friday 6th July 2012
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Space sickness ususlly takes a few hours of weightlesness to kick in. These passengers will only experience a few minutres of weightlessness. They are more likely to experience ordinary motion sickness - which is different.

Lurking Lawyer

4,066 posts

130 months

Friday 6th July 2012
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Eric Mc said:
They are more likely to experience ordinary motion sickness - which is different.
The net effect may very well be the same though! vomit

DieselGriff

5,160 posts

164 months

Friday 6th July 2012
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Crossflow Kid said:
Jimbo. said:
DieselGriff said:
If they eat on the day of the flight they will be restricted to bananas.


(Just wondering if anyone recognises the Clarkson connection smile)
Taste the same on the way up, as they do on the way down...or something like that!
That's oranges, not bananas.
As far as the Clarkson quote goes Jimbo is correct, that apparently was what he was told before his F-15 flight. (No idea if it's true though)