Kil­mac stu­dent with a sky high am­bi­tion

Bray People - - NEWS -

KIL­MACANOGUE stu­dent Eoin Tuohy is in the run­ning to win a trip to space.

The 20-year-old needs votes to get past the first stage of a com­pe­ti­tion launched (see what we did there?) by Lynx.

The win­ner will get the chance to travel into space in sup­port of the new Lynx Apollo Range.

There are 22 places up for grabs glob­ally, with the com­pe­ti­tion run­ning in 77 coun­tries around the world.

To send former St. Bren­dan's boy Eoin in to or­bit, go to www.lynxapollo.com and vote for him.

The top voted can­di­dates will go for­ward to the Lynx Space Academy for a chal­lenge week­end, whit­tling down the can­di­dates with a fur­ther space camp in Florida be­fore the fi­nal win­ning as­tro­naut is picked.

The ac­tual space flight will be han­dled by Space Ex­pe­di­tion Cor­po­ra­tion (Space XC), which will of­fer daily com­mer­cial space flights from 2014, us­ing the XCOR Lynx air­craft.

The XCOR Lynx is a fully re­us­able space­craft, with two-seats, that takes off and lands like a reg­u­lar air­craft, at a city air­port. The flight is likely to op­er­ate out of Cu­ra­cao in the Caribbean.

The cost of a flight in real terms is $95,000, and so far there have been more than 200 com­mer­cial flights sold through the com­pany.

■ Eoin Tuohy hopes to win a trip to space.

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