Richard Branson surprises mom, 44, with a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ trip to space aboard Virgin Galactic’s Unity 22 – and she plans on taking her daughter for the ride
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 dichiarazione.
‘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 (secondo da sinistra) surprised Keisha S. (secondo da destra), 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 (sinistra), and Space For Humanity executive director Rachel Lyons (giusto)
The sweepstakes was announced on July 11, the same day Branson and his entourage traveled 53.5 miles above Earth’s surface.
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.
però, 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
‘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 (nella 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
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 lifetime’ and the ‘hard, lavoro duro’ that went into the flight.
LA CORSA MILIONARIA ALLO SPAZIO: COME BRANSON, MUSK E BEZOS VENGONO IN LEGA PER LA SUPREMAZIA GALATTICA
Jeff Bezos davanti alla capsula spaziale di Blue Origin
Soprannominato il "NewSpace"’ impostato, Jeff Bezos, Sir Richard Branson ed Elon Musk dicono tutti di essere stati ispirati dal primo sbarco sulla luna in 1969, quando gli Stati Uniti hanno battuto l'Unione Sovietica nella corsa allo spazio, e non c'è dubbio quanto significherebbe per ciascuno di loro vincere la "nuova corsa allo spazio".
Il fondatore di Amazon Bezos sembrava destinato a essere il primo dei tre a volare nello spazio, dopo aver annunciato i piani per il lancio a bordo della navicella spaziale New Shepard della sua compagnia spaziale Blue Origin a luglio 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 – a luglio 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.
Anche se il fondatore di SpaceX e Tesla, Musk, ha detto di voler andare nello spazio, e anche "morire su Marte", non ha detto quando potrebbe esplodere in orbita – but has purchased a ticket with Virgin Galactic for a suborbital flight.
SpaceX became the first of the ‘space tourism’ operators 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 sembra essere all'avanguardia nella più ampia corsa allo spazio miliardario con numerosi lanci che trasportano attrezzature della NASA sulla ISS e partnership per inviare turisti nello spazio 2021.
In febbraio 6 2018, SpaceX sent rocket towards the orbit of Mars, 140 million miles away, with Musk’s own red Tesla roadster attached.
Elon Musk with his Dragon Crew capsule
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 satellites into space to help form its Starlink network, which is already in beta and providing fast internet to rural areas.
Branson and Virgin Galactic are taking a different approach to conquering space. It has repeatedly, and successfully, conducted test flights of the Virgin Galactic’s Unity space plane.
The first took place in December 2018 and the latest on May 22, con il volo che accelera a più di 2,000 miglia all'ora (Mach 2.7).
Più di 600 clienti benestanti fino ad oggi, tra cui celebrità Brad Pitt e Katy Perry, hanno riservato a $250,000 (£ 200.000) posto su uno dei viaggi spaziali di Virgin. The final tickets are expected to cost $350,000.
Branson ha precedentemente affermato di aspettarsi che Elon Musk vinca la corsa su Marte con la sua compagnia missilistica privata SpaceX.
Richard Branson con l'imbarcazione Virgin Galactic
SpaceShipTwo può trasportare sei passeggeri e due piloti. Ogni passeggero ottiene la stessa posizione di seduta con due grandi finestre – uno di lato e uno in alto.
La nave spaziale è lunga 60 piedi con una cabina di 90 pollici di diametro che consente agli astronauti il massimo spazio per galleggiare a gravità zero.
Sale a 50.000 piedi prima che il motore a razzo si accenda. SpaceShipTwo si separa dalla sua nave da trasporto, Cavaliere Bianco II, una volta superata la soglia delle 50 miglia.
I passeggeri diventano "astronauti"’ quando raggiungono la linea Karman, il confine dell'atmosfera terrestre.
L'astronave effettuerà quindi un viaggio suborbitale con circa sei minuti di assenza di gravità, con l'intero volo della durata di circa 1.5 ore.
Bezos rivelato ad aprile 2017 che finanzia Blue Origin con circa $1 miliardi (£ 720 milioni) di azioni Amazon ogni anno.
Il sistema consiste in una capsula dell'equipaggio pressurizzata in cima a un "Nuovo Shepard" riutilizzabile’ razzo booster.
Al suo apice, la capsula ha raggiunto 65 miglia (104 chilometri), appena sopra la soglia ufficiale per lo spazio ed è atterrato verticalmente sette minuti dopo il decollo.
Blue Origin are working on New Glenn, the next generation heavy lift rocket, that will compete with the SpaceX Falcon 9.