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Siberia Airlines stunning music video nominated for Grammy

By The Siberian Times reporter
12 December 2016

American music band OK Go filmed Upside Down & Inside Out during 21 flights on a plane used to train cosmonauts.

We shot this in zero gravity, in an actual plane, in the sky. There are no wires or green screen.' Picture: Alexander Cheban/S7

The  Il-76 MDK used a parabolic flight path after taking off from Star City near Moscow to create zero gravity slots for up to 28 seconds. The US group made the historic first-ever zero gravity music video called Upside Down & Inside Out in cooperation with S7 - full name Siberia Airlines. 

Known for their internet-breaking music videos, the Chicago band were assisted by two trained aerialist acrobats, Tatyana Martynova and Anastasia Burdina, in S7 cabin crew uniforms. 

The band spent a total of 126 minutes in zero gravity, 18 minutes longer than lasted first flight of Gagarin - their video can be seen here.

The Il-76 MDK takes off normally and rises to a height of 6000 metres. Then, at an angle of 45 degrees and with maximum acceleration in 15 seconds, it rises to 9,000 metres. 

At this time, all on board, feel 2g overload, which then gives way to the state of weightlessness as the plane at the level of 9,000 metres with almost no engine plunges via a 'ballistic trajectory'.

OK Go


OK Go


OK Go

OK Go were assisted by two trained aerialist acrobats, Tatyana Martynova and Anastasia Burdina, in S7 cabin crew uniforms. Pictures: Alexander Cheban/S7, OK Go

This state lasts from 22 to 28 seconds, after which the engine is turned back on and at around 6,000 metres IL-76 and returns to normal horizontal flight.

During this brief window, the group made their sensational music video which has now been nominated for a Grammy, recognising outstanding achievements in the music industry. For this brief window they can float like cosmonauts.

The cost of one flight? About $40,500. 

The video opens with the words: 'What you are about to see is real. We shot this in zero gravity, in an actual plane, in the sky. There are no wires or green screen.'

The band - Damian Kulash, Tim Nordwind, Andy Ross and Dan Konopka - are seated on a plane before they flip upside down and perform gravity-defying moves due to their weightlessness.

Backstage


Backstage


Backstage


Backstage

The band spent a total of 126 minutes in zero gravity, 18 minutes longer than lasted first flight of Gagarin. Pictures: Alexander Cheban/S7

OK Go singer Kulash said: 'It was nearly a decade ago that the world started buzzing about commercial space travel and exploration. It dawned on me that soon enough people will be making art in space. So for years, we've been looking for the opportunity to make a weightless video. 

'I mean, what could be more thrilling than astronaut training?'

The first flights were used for training and choreographing the video.

Video director Trish Sie said: 'Because we wanted the video to be a single, uninterrupted routine, we shot continuously over the course of eight consecutive weightless periods, which took about 45 minutes, total.

'We paused the action, and the music, during the non-weightless periods, and then cut out these sections and smoothed over each transition with a morph.'

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Comments (3)

Benedikt, Gualterio Nunez Estrada: if you read the article carefully, you surely notice the link to the video. Hint: 'The band spent a total of 126 minutes in zero gravity, 18 minutes longer than lasted first flight of Gagarin - their video can be seen here'
Ksenia, Omsk
13/12/2016 09:46
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suppose the video is still copyright an can not be shown?
Benedikt, Moscow
13/12/2016 09:41
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? Where is the video ? 
Gualterio Nunez Estrada, Sarasota, Florida 34234
12/12/2016 22:49
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