XCOR And AXE Teaming Up to Send 22 People to Space

Fun news.

Commercial spaceflight is entering the main stream and looking (and smelling) quite good! United Kingdom-based Unilever Group (NYSE: UL, Unilever N.V. and NYSE: UN, Unilever PLC), and Space Expedition Corporation (SXC) announced a 22 flight purchase on XCOR Aerospace's Lynx® Mark II suborbital spacecraft for Unilever's space-themed AXEApollo™ campaign for the AXE ® brand of men's cologne, body spray, shower gels and other personal care products.

Unilever will award the first flight to a lucky winner selected from a drawing just after the Super Bowl on February 3rd, and the 21 other winners will come from a year long, 60 country promotional campaign. That larger campaign includes a 100+ person December 2013 space camp for early stage winners in Orlando called the AXE Apollo™ Space Academy (A.A.S.A.). The campaign also includes legendary Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin and a 30 second Super Bowl advertisement. For a chance to win, register at www.AXEApollo.com.
"When a global brand leader like Unilever makes a significant commitment to a product like our Lynx®, it is a clear sign that commercial spaceflight has entered the main stream of worldwide commerce and truly is the Next Big Thing," stated Andrew Nelson, Chief Operating Officer of XCOR Aerospace, "Expect to keep seeing more good news from SXC as they ramp up in 2013!"

XCOR Press Release


On The Next Six Months...

I arrived in California a couple of days ago and today will be starting the first day of a 6-month internship at XCOR Aerospace. While I would love to tell you about all of my experiences the next six months, I will have to speak in very general surfacy terms when talking about XCOR for obvious reasons. But you will hear all about my adventures in Mojave and Lancaster and of course my own personal projects (thinking very seriously about level 3, and I'm going to try and find a high-power rocketry club out here!)

Me and the two other interns are sharing an apartment in Lancaster. It is very nice, with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen and a wide-open living room. We bought some cheap furniture at Goodwill to fill up the empty void. As far as the other two interns go, I think we're going to get along great! Time will tell.

Very excited, and I'll hopefully post some pictures soon.