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SA space race heads to 2nd stage

07 June 2013, 09:02Duncan Alfreds

Cape Town - At least one South African is still guaranteed a trip to space as a global competition heads to the next stage.

Unilever, owners of the Axe brand, said that the first phase of the Axe space competition is concluded and the next phase, the AXEtronauts In Training, will see participants sent to a space camp.

"SA Space Camp will be held in a remote location outside of Johannesburg and will take place in mid-August.  Here 30 winners will compete for three spots at the AXE Apollo Space Academy or AASA (Global Space camp) taking place in December," said Unilever.

In SA, 17 people have been identified and 13 more will be selected in the competition that has attracted around 500 000 entries globally.

Following the SA Space camp, three "winners" will be flown to the Florida in the US for a final round of competition at the International AXE Apollo Space Academy.

"They will undergo rigorous tests and evaluations to ensure that they meet all the physical and health requirements.  It isn't going to be easy, but it will be an awesome ride. They will have to pass a three-level space camp programme which will include g-force testing as well as zero-gravity and flight simulations," said Unilever.

The Axe programme aims to make use of Space Expedition Corporation (Space XC) for the trip.

This company offers tickets to space tourists at $100 000 for low earth orbits at around 100km and is scheduled for commercial operation in 2014.

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