KLM, the flag carrier airline of the Nederlands, is offering the chance to win a trip to space worth $95,000. On the 22nd April the airline will launch a high altitude balloon flight from the Nevada desert containing the ticket to space inside.
To win the once-in-a-lifetime trip all entrants must do is simply guess how high and far the balloon will travel. The balloon will be fitted with cameras and a GPS monitoring system to make the results as accurate as possible. KLM is inviting people to enter the competition through its website and enter their guesses online. The winner of the trip will be the contestant whose answer is closest to the actual height and drift of the balloon.
The lucky winner of this unique contest will receive a flight for two to the island of Curacao, a hotel room for two, and a single ticket aboard the SXC Lynx. The flight to space, due to take off on the 1st January 2014, will be the first ever commercial space trip to depart from Curacao.
The SXC Lynx flight is expected to fly 64 miles above Earth, travelling with four G’s of thrust, reaching a top speed of nearly Mach 3. Passengers on-board the two-person craft will experience five to six minutes of weightlessness and the total flight time is expected to be just over an hour.
KLM is one of the oldest airlines in the world and is the oldest airline still operating under its original name. At current the airline offers services to more than 90 destinations.