We’ve seen the competition among US states heat up over the past years to play host to the future by attracting the most space tourism companies to their nascent spaceports, along with the economic boom that can be expected to accompany them. Florida’s Space Coast Office of Tourism took a new tack, though, in it’s latest initiative: promotion of a space tourism iPad app. According to the Orlando Sentinel:

The iPad puzzle game lets players explore the universe and attempt to save dying stars, navigate gravitational fields, and slingshot around planets and other galactic obstacles. The agency is working with the developer and Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to promote the app.

The Office has spent $25,000 on the promotion, and hopes to use the platform to host competitions with prizes including free trips to the Space Coast. Another target: enticing the app developer to relocate to the region.

The app is called Solar Flux HD – if you try it, let us know what you think!

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Having wandered into professional writing and editing after a decade in engineering, science, and management, Merryl now enjoys reintegrating the dichotomy by bringing space technology and policy within reach of an interested public. After three years as Space Safety Magazine’s Managing Editor, Merryl semi-retired to Visiting Contributor and manager of the campaign to bring the International Space Station collaboration to the attention of the Nobel Peace Prize committee. She keeps her pencil sharp as Proposal Manager for U.S. government contractor CSRA.

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