Video portal YouTube has high-flying plans: The Google subsidiary wants to launch a global science competition, a spokesman confirmed to German industry publication "Kontakter".

Young people between 14 and 18 years of age will be encouraged to develop scientific experiments dealing with the lack of gravity and upload them as videos onto YouTube.

The winner's experiment chosen by users and a jury of leading scientists will eventually be performed under real-time conditions in space. The winner will get a trip into space for her or his 18th birthday and possibly a journey to space station ISS.

YouTube apparently already has worked out the necessary agreements with space agency NASA, but still lacks a sponsor for the project.