While at the AXE Apollo Space Academy, Patrick Carney pushed himself to the limit and challenged his emotional and physical boundaries during a series of missions that gave all recruits a taste of the thrills and trials faced by real astronauts. Throughout these training missions, Carney mastered piloting a multi-ton Air Combat USA aircraft, flipped and soared in true weightlessness with Zero Gravity Corporation, and braced himself for the strength of blast off in a G-Force Simulator at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, demonstrating the skills and spirit required for space travel.
Also joining Carney is Franklin Jackson, who won a ticket to space as part of the AASA Super Bowl sweepstakes in February 2013. The countries representing the AASA international team include Canada, Brazil, the UK, Germany, France, The Netherlands, Spain, Slovakia, Russia, Turkey, Egypt, India, Japan, Indonesia, China, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, Norway and South Africa.
“Axe Apollo is the biggest, most epic campaign we’ve done to-date,” said Matthew McCarthy, Axe senior brand director. “While we certainly wanted to make history by creating an unforgettable experience for our fans like no other brand could, it was seeing the AASA finalists in Cape Canaveral, brought together from all over the world, which could arguably be the most meaningful piece of the Axe Apollo Space Academy.”
Jackson and Carney’s journeys will conclude with their flight to space onboard a Space Expedition Corporation (Space SXC) shuttle, Xcor’s Lynx Mark II.