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Space cadet sees breakfast again in G-force tests

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 28 November, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 28 November, 2007, 12:00am

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Here's the latest from Perveen Crawford, Hong Kong's first licensed female pilot and among the first passengers on Virgin Galactic in 2009.

Last week she was in Philadelphia for additional centrifuge training. Besides lectures and seminars, she experienced space G-force in a simulator. The machine has an 8-metres arm and a full-motion gondola at the end, and tests for various sensory and motion-sickness responses. On the first day, Crawford (below) found it very shocking, literally.

'I got zapped as I was being hooked up to the simulator, due to electrical wiring that was taped too closely to my under-wiring. You probably guessed what I was wearing,' Crawford said. She also experienced the typical hazards high G-forces.

'The sick bag handed to us was transparent and everyone on the professional Nastar aeromedical staff saw what I had for breakfast. No more eggs benedict for me for a long while.'

One of her training colleagues is X-Men director Bryan Singer. 'His way of showing fear was with hideous laughter. After a while, it became contagious. We all had a ball because we could watch each other's expressions live on a screen.'