ECUADORIAN AEROSPACE ADVANCEMENT                                                                Taken from El Universo, May 19 2008

Since the last May 6 Ecuador has the first Latin American microgravity plane, such advancement positions the country as an aerospace development leader in the region.
Ronnie Nader, space operations director of the EXA (Ecuadorian Space Agency) explains that this plane was the goal of the scientific project DAEDALUS, his brainchild, and that will support the 10 year long Ecuadorian space program.
The project was made with the help of the Ecuadorian Air Force (FAE), and was designed to capture the microgravity flight parameters using a device of Nader's invention, the MGCP, but before achieving this feat, Nader did seek help from the private sector, whom didn't supported the initiative, however, the FAE pledged its support and the project came along.
FAE gave to EXA the Sabreliner T-39 plane (used in the Cenepa war), a high performance plane, but it had to be adapted to obtain the microgravity conditions. “When we had the plane commitment, we started to draw a plan, but we needed key data for achieving zero G flight, y talked to my former comrades in USA and Russia, but they couldn't help as this was very sensitive and proprietary data", he said Facing this obstacle, Nader designed  and built the `gravimeter`, a device capable to obtain this very data if were to be flown on a combat jet or a similar plane. HE recalls that during the construction there was some hurdles, like that they needed titanium, but they replaced with another material: Balsa wood, and they could finished the device.
The Sabreliner T-39, was rechristened  Fuerza-G 1 Cóndor, and was retrofitted with a modified version of the  gravimeter with 2 terminal screens, one before the pilots and one on the zero g area for the mission commander.

Laboratory plane
The plane is considered a flying laboratory where FAE pilots and  EXA astronauts can train and scientists can perform researchWe will study all the requests for missions”, said Patricio Salazar, Executive officer of the Aerospace departament of FAE.
He explained that the achieved time was superior to what they were planning for, they aspire to put this tool to the service of students of schools and universities as well as scientist, also will help in the pre-training of more Ecuadorian astronauts, in 2 months or less we will make great advancements in the human microgravity flight, specially in young and adolescent to study their physiology in order to open the doors to this tools for them" Nader said.
Zero gravity
the zero gravity state is the physical state that exists in the space or during an space flight in orbit, here in the earth we are subjected to gravity ONE, in the moon the gravity is 0.16 the gravity of earth and in Mars the gravity is equal to 0.33 the gravity on earth this means that if an object weights 100 pounds in the surface of earth, it will weight 16 pounds on the moon and 33 pounds in Mars, but in zero G it will weight 0 pounds and will float freely.
A person in 0G feels like a free fall, very intense feeling like the sensation of void in the stomach one would feel when traveling on a plane while turbulence, but much more intense, for astronauts the training conditions them so the sensation becomes pleasurable or just vanishes, if not, the candidate has no conditions to become astronaut.
Ronnie Nader Bello, 41 years old, trained advanced suborbital astronaut on the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center on Russia (GCTC). On June 8 2007 he officially became the first Ecuadorian astronaut the completed the (Advanced Suborbital Astronaut /Trained) training program and the first civilian in history to achieve such degree without belonging to any space agency.
I rather face the impossible instead abandon a dream is one of his phrases.
Ronnie Nader, Ecuadorian astronaut  Ronnie Nader on a Mirage F.1JE of FAE