Saturday, November 1, 2014

'Interstellar' Can Send You Into Space

'Interstellar' movie poster. Credit: Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

People who buy tickets on Fandango for director Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar" will have a chance to win a flight into space aboard the Lynx Mark II spacecraft built by XCOR Aerospace. The contest is the result of a partnership between Paramount Pictures, Vice Media's Motherboard channel and Fandango. One winner will be selected to embark on a trip reaching an altitude of 100 kilometers, and will also receive 4g simulator training, as well as round-travel and hotel accommodations at the XCOR spaceport in Mojave, California, a prize package worth $100,000. The launch date for the spacecraft will be between Fall 2016 and Fall 2017. “We’re always looking for innovative ways to add value to our Fandango movie ticket for consumers,” said Fandango’s vp marketing Adam Rockmore. “The Interstellar trip is clearly the coolest prize we’ve ever given to a moviegoer in the 14 years of our company.”

Lynx is about 9 meters (~30 feet) in length with a double-delta wing that spans about 7.5 meters (~24 feet). The spacecraft depends on reusable rocket technology to take a pilot and a passenger (or payload) on half-hour suborbital flights to heights of 62 miles.

Astronaut Rick Seafross is set to pilot the craft, with the winning ticket buyer in the seat next to him.

In the event that the winner doesn't want to take the flight, he or she won't leave empty-handed: There will be a prize of $75,000.

The movie scheduled for a Nov. 5 (followed by a Nov. 7 wide launch) release stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain. It follows a group of engineers and astronauts who leave a decaying Earth in search of habitable planets across the universe.

2 comments:

  1. Que bueno que sigan haciendo películas de viajes espaciales, por que como la NASA siga así, esa va a ser la única alternativa que EE.UU siga teniendo astronautas: mandándolos de asesores a Hollywood.

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  2. I prefer ISRO than the NASA for this offer ;)

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