Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Final Frontier For Free?

Beginning next year, the Space Expedition Corporation will offer daily commercial flights into space on its two-seater Lynx reusable spaceplane.
Customers will get to view the planet from over 100km up. For US$95K, the plane - which can operate from normal airports - offers people the chance to become astronauts. So far, 200 tickets have been sold.
However, if you feel the price is a little out of your budget, Lynx is launching a competition to give one lucky person an opportunity to go where few have gone before. The company is offering the chance to win an ultimate out-of-this-world experience: a trip to space. Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the 2nd man ever to set foot on the moon, and deodorant brand Lynx, have launched a competition, with the first prize a once-in-a-lifetime chance to blast into orbit, on the Lynx SXC (Space Expedition Corporation) space shuttle's inaugural launch in 2014.
Top-voted candidates will qualify for the Lynx Space Academy challenge weekend, held this Northern summer, where they'll face physical and mental NASA-style tests. The four strongest candidates will then be flown to Orlando, Florida, to experience what it's really like to be an astronaut in the final series of challenges.
One lucky winner will secure their place to go to space in 2014!!! (Check out the promo below...)
The Lynx rocketplane is a suborbital horizontal-takeoff, horizontal-landing rocket-powered spaceplane developed by California-based XCOR to compete in the emerging suborbital space flight market. The Lynx will carry a pilot, a ticketed passenger (maybe you?), and/or a payload or small satellites above 100km altitude, on flights of 30-45min.duration. Those aboard will experience up to 3min.of weightlessness.

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