Kilmac student with a sky high ambition
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.