Thirty school students from South India will land at the Space Academy, Singapore, to enjoy hands-on experience on travelling to the outer space.

Ten of them will be from Kerala. The initiative has been titled Saura Yaathrika and has been organised by a private travel agency here. The students from Standards IX to XII will be selected based on an entrance exam and interview. The selected students will meet their peers from different countries, thus gaining exposure.

Addressing mediapersons here on Tuesday, K.C. Chandrahasan, managing director of Kerala Travels said the project is the organisation's first step towards realising the dream of space tourism that might occur a few decades down the line.

“Space tourism is very costly and a 4.5 hours experience of the sub-orbit alone now costs upwards of Rs 37 lakh,” he said.

The project follows the travel company's package tours to the Arctic and the Antarctic, titled “Polar Dreams”. trainees will get to learn about life as an astronaut, the effect of outer space on humans and the other challenges.

The students would be accompanied by D.S. Rane, project consultant and formerly a Group Director of the VSSC.

The Kalpana Chawla scholarship has been instituted for a girl student of a government-run school in the State, selected from among the applicants. All her expenses would be sponsored by the travel agency.