AXE to launch 22 people into space

POSTED: 01/11/13 12:01 PM

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao – AXE has teamed up with famed moonwalker Buzz Aldrin to send 22 people into space, aboard a suborbital Lynx space plane built by the American company XCOR Aerospace and operated by the tourism firm Space Expedition Curacao.

On January 9, the company kicked off its new AXE Apollo Space Academy, an online contest that promises to send 22 winners to the edge of space and back aboard a private spaceship.

The contest is open to men and women in more than 60 countries who sign up on the AXE Apollo Space Academy website (AXEApollo.com) and write about why they should be chosen to fly in space, while others will vote on the entries. The deadline to enter is February 3.

The 22 winners will be selected during the AXE Global Space Camp in Orlando, Florida, which will feature competitive “space simulation challenges,” AXE officials said.

Winning space travelers will fly, one at a time, aboard Lynx space planes once Space Expedition Curacao begins operational flights.

Space Expedition Curacao will oversee commercial Lynx flights from Curacao. Tickets for a flight are set at $95,000.

XCOR Aerospace is expected to begin the first test flights of a high-altitude Lynx design sometime later this year. The first passenger flights could begin in 2014.

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