Virgin Galactic surprises mom with free trip to space

Richard Branson surprises mom, 44, with a ‘once-in-a-lifetimetrip to space aboard Virgin Galactic’s Unity 22 – and she plans on taking her daughter for the ride

  • Keisha from Antigua has won two tickets aboard one of Virgin Galactic’s first commercial spaceflights
  • She won a sweepstake that was announced on July 11 – the same day Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson launched into space
  • Keisha plans to give her daughter the other ticket for the flight set for next year
  • Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson surprised Keisha S., 44, from Antigua, with news that she and a person of her choice are getting a free trip to space.

    Kiesha won a sweepstakes with Omaze, an American for-profit fundraising company, for a once-in-a-lifetime commercial trip to the final frontier aboard Virgin Galactic’s Unity 22.

    The sweepstakes kicked off in July following Virgin Galactic’s historic mission that took Branson to space and finished on September 1.

    To enter, people had to make a donation to Space for Humanity, a non-profit organization that is sponsoring Citizen Astronaut Program.

    The giveaway drew donations from 164,338 people worldwide who donated $1.7 million and now the winner has finally been revealed.

    ‘I’ve always had a lifelong love of flying and a fascination with space, and this is truly a dream come true for me,’ Keisha said in a verklaring.

    ‘It means the world to me. I hope to share this experience with my daughter so together we can inspire the next generation to follow their dreams.

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    Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson (tweede van links) surprised Keisha S. (tweede van regs), 44, from Antigua, with news that she and a person of her choice are getting a free trip to space. Here they are with Omaze CEO and co-founder Matt Pohlson (links), and Space For Humanity executive director Rachel Lyons (reg)

    Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson (tweede van links) surprised Keisha S. (tweede van regs), 44, from Antigua, with news that she and a person of her choice are getting a free trip to space. Here they are with Omaze CEO and co-founder Matt Pohlson (links), and Space For Humanity executive director Rachel Lyons (reg)

    The sweepstakes was announced on July 11, the same day Branson and his entourage traveled 53.5 kilometers bo die aarde se oppervlak.

    The Virgin Galactic founder wanted to share the amazing experience by giving someone a seat aboard one of the company’s first commercial spaceflights, which are set to start later next year.

    The sweepstakes was also a fundraiser for the nonprofit Space for Humanity and those entering were asked to donate a minimum of $6,000 minimum per person.

    Egter, entries could give as much as they wanted to the cause.

    Kiesha won a sweepstakes with Omaze, an American for-profit fundraising company, for a once-in-a-lifetime commercial trip to the final frontier aboard Virgin Galactic's Unity 22

    Kiesha won a sweepstakes with Omaze, an American for-profit fundraising company, for a once-in-a-lifetime commercial trip to the final frontier aboard Virgin Galactic’s Unity 22

    'I've always had a lifelong love of flying and a fascination with space, and this is truly a dream come true for me,' Keisha said. 'It means the world to me. I hope to share this experience with my daughter so together we can inspire the next generation to follow their dreams'

    ‘I’ve always had a lifelong love of flying and a fascination with space, and this is truly a dream come true for me,’ Keisha said. ‘It means the world to me. I hope to share this experience with my daughter so together we can inspire the next generation to follow their dreams

    ‘Being able to give people of all ages and backgrounds equal access to space, and in turn, the opportunity to lead and inspire others back on Earth, is what Virgin Galactic has been building towards for the past two decades,’ Branson shared in a press release.

    ‘It was remarkable to be there for the beginning of Keisha’s journey to space; she is an extraordinary person who is already inspiring people with the work she does to support women in her home of Antigua and Barbuda.

    ‘This experience will provide another platform for her to inspire many more people into the future.








    The sweepstakes was announced on July 11, the same day Branson and his entourage traveled 53.5 miles above Earth's surface (op die foto)

    The sweepstakes was announced on July 11, the same day Branson and his entourage traveled 53.5 kilometers bo die aarde se oppervlak (op die foto)

    Branson became the first billionaire in space this summer when he and five Virgin Galactic employees soared 280,000 feet above Earth's surface aboard VSS Unity

    Branson became the first billionaire in space this summer when he and five Virgin Galactic employees soared 280,000 feet above Earth’s surface aboard VSS Unity

    Keisha will also join Virgin Galactic’s Future Astronaut community, as the first person from the Caribbean islands to got to space.

    In addition to experiencing the wonder of space travel, Keisha will also receive a guided tour of Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose-built Spaceport in New Mexico, from Branson and the Virgin Galactic team.

    This structure was designed and constructed specifically for commercial users.

    Branson became the first billionaire in space this summer when he and five Virgin Galactic employees soared 280,000 feet above Earth’s surface aboard VSS Unity.

    The crew reached speeds of Mach 3 on their way to the edge of space.

    After a short spell during which they experienced weightlessness, the craft then pointed downwards and made its way back to the ground.

    On the return flight, Branson hailed the ‘experience of a lifetimeand the ‘hard, harde werk’ that went into the flight.








    DIE MILJOENRUIMTE: HOE BRANSON, MUSK EN BEZOS VERG VIR GALAKTIESE OPSOMMING

    Jeff Bezos voor Blue Origin se ruimtekapsule

    Jeff Bezos voor Blue Origin se ruimtekapsule

    Gedoop die 'NewSpace’ stel, Jeff Bezos, Sir Richard Branson en Elon Musk sê almal dat hulle geïnspireer is deur die eerste maanlanding 1969, toe die VSA die Sowjetunie in die ruimtewedloop geklop het, en daar is geen twyfel hoeveel dit vir elkeen van hulle sou beteken om die 'nuwe ruimtewedloop' te wen nie.

    Die stigter van Amazon, Bezos, het gelyk of hy die eerste van die drie na die ruimte sou wees, nadat hy planne aangekondig het om op Julie aan boord van sy ruimtemaatskappy Blue Origin se New Shepard-ruimtetuig te begin 20, but Branson beat him to the punch.

    The British billionaire became Virgin Galactic Astronaut 001 when he made it to space on a suborbital flight nine days before Bezos – op Julie 11 in a test flight.

    Bezos travelled to space on July 20 with his younger brother Mark, Oliver Daemen, an 18-year-old physics student whose dad purchased his ticket, and pioneering female astronaut Wally Funk, 82.

    Alhoewel Musk, stigter van SpaceX en Tesla, gesê het dat hy die ruimte wil in, en selfs 'sterf op Mars', hy het nie gesê wanneer hy in 'n baan kan beland nie – but has purchased a ticket with Virgin Galactic for a suborbital flight.

    SpaceX became the first of the ‘space tourismoperators to send a fully civilian crew into orbit, with the Inspiration4 mission funded by billionaire Jared Isaacman.

    His flight was on a Dragon capsule and SpaceX rocket built by space-obsessed billionaire, Elon Musk and took off for the three day orbital trip on September 16 – going higher than the International Space Station.

    SpaceX blyk die voorloper te wees in die breër miljardêr-ruimtewedloop met talle lanserings wat NASA-toerusting na die ISS vervoer en vennootskappe om toeriste na die ruimte te stuur deur 2021.

    Op Februarie 6 2018, SpaceX stuur vuurpyl na die baan van Mars, 140 miljoen myl weg, met Musk se eie rooi Tesla-roadster daarby.

    Elon Musk met sy Dragon Crew kapsule

    Elon Musk met sy Dragon Crew kapsule

    SpaceX has also taken two groups of astronauts to the |International Space Station, with crew from NASA, ESA and JAXA, the Japanese space agency.

    SpaceX has been sending batches of 60 satelliete die ruimte in om sy Starlink-netwerk te vorm, which is already in beta and providing fast internet to rural areas.

    Branson en Virgin Galactic neem 'n ander benadering tot die verowering van ruimte. Dit het herhaaldelik, en suksesvol, toetsvlugte van die Virgin Galactic se Unity-ruimtetuig uitgevoer.

    Die eerste het in Desember plaasgevind 2018 en die nuutste op Mei 22, met die vlug wat versnel tot meer as 2,000 myl per uur (Mach 2.7).

    Meer as 600 gegoede klante tot op hede, waaronder bekendes Brad Pitt en Katy Perry, voorbehou het a $250,000 (£ 200,000) sitplek op een van Virgin se ruimtereise. The final tickets are expected to cost $350,000.

    Branson het vroeër gesê hy verwag dat Elon Musk die wedloop na Mars met sy private vuurpylefirma SpaceX sal wen.

    Richard Branson met die Virgin Galactic-vaartuig

    Richard Branson met die Virgin Galactic-vaartuig

    SpaceShipTwo kan ses passasiers en twee vlieëniers vervoer. Elke passasier kry dieselfde sitplek met twee groot vensters – een aan die kant en een bokant.

    Die ruimteskip is 60 voet lank met 'n kajuit van 90 duim deursnee wat ruimte bied vir ruimtevaarders om in swaartekrag te swaai..

    Dit klim tot 50.000 voet voordat die vuurpylmotor ontbrand. SpaceShipTwo skei van sy vervoervaartuig, White Knight II, sodra dit 50 myl verby is.

    Passasiers word 'ruimtevaarders’ wanneer hulle die Karman-lyn bereik, die grens van die aarde se atmosfeer.

    Die ruimteskip sal dan 'n suborbitale reis onderneem met ongeveer ses minute gewigloosheid, met die hele vlug wat ongeveer duur 1.5 ure.

    Bezos in April onthul 2017 dat hy Blue Origin met ongeveer finansier $1 miljard (£ 720 miljoen) van Amazon-aandele elke jaar.

    Die stelsel bestaan ​​uit 'n bemanningskapsel onder druk bo-op 'n herbruikbare 'New Shepard'’ booster-vuurpyl.

    Op sy hoogtepunt, die kapsule bereik 65 myl (104 kilometers), net bokant die amptelike drumpel vir ruimte en het sewe minute na die opheffing vertikaal geland.

    Blue Origin are working on New Glenn, the next generation heavy lift rocket, that will compete with the SpaceX Falcon 9.

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