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 声明.

    ‘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 (从左数第二) surprised Keisha S. (右数第二个), 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 (剩下), and Space For Humanity executive director Rachel Lyons (对)

    Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson (从左数第二) surprised Keisha S. (右数第二个), 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 (剩下), and Space For Humanity executive director Rachel Lyons (对)

    The sweepstakes was announced on July 11, the same day Branson and his entourage traveled 53.5 距离地球表面数英里.

    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.

    然而, 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 (图为)

    The sweepstakes was announced on July 11, the same day Branson and his entourage traveled 53.5 距离地球表面数英里 (图为)

    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, 努力工作’ that went into the flight.








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    杰夫贝索斯在蓝色起源的太空舱前

    杰夫贝索斯在蓝色起源的太空舱前

    被称为“新空间”’ 设置, 杰夫·贝佐斯(Jeff Bezos), 理查德布兰森爵士和埃隆马斯克都说他们的灵感来自美国的第一次登月。 1969, 当美国在太空竞赛中击败苏联时, 毫无疑问,赢得“新太空竞赛”对他们每个人来说意味着多少.

    亚马逊创始人贝索斯看起来将成为三个飞向太空的人中的第一个, 宣布计划于 7 月在他的航天公司 Blue Origin 的 New Shepard 航天器上发射 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 – 在七月 11 in a test flight.

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

    尽管SpaceX和特斯拉创始人马斯克曾表示他想进入太空, 甚至“死在火星上”, 他没有说他什么时候可能会进入轨道 – 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 似乎在更广泛的亿万富翁太空竞赛中处于领先地位,多次发射将 NASA 的设备运送到国际空间站,并通过合作将游客送往太空 2021.

    二月 6 2018, SpaceX 将火箭送入火星轨道, 140 百万英里之外, 附有马斯克自己的红色特斯拉跑车.

    埃隆·马斯克和他的 Dragon Crew 太空舱

    埃隆·马斯克和他的 Dragon Crew 太空舱

    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 卫星进入太空以帮助形成其 Starlink 网络, which is already in beta and providing fast internet to rural areas.

    布兰森和维珍银河正在采取不同的方法来征服太空. 它已经反复, 并成功, 进行了维珍银河的 Unity 太空飞机的试飞.

    第一次发生在 12 月 2018 和最新的五月 22, 随着飞行加速到超过 2,000 英里每小时 (马赫 2.7).

    多于 600 迄今为止的富裕客户, 包括名人布拉德皮特和凯蒂佩里, 保留了一个 $250,000 (200,000 英镑) 坐在维珍航空的一次太空旅行中. The final tickets are expected to cost $350,000.

    布兰森此前曾表示,他希望埃隆·马斯克与他的私人火箭公司 SpaceX 一起赢得火星竞赛。.

    理查德布兰森与维珍银河飞船

    理查德布兰森与维珍银河飞船

    SpaceShipTwo 可搭载六名乘客和两名飞行员. 每个乘客都有相同的座位位置,有两个大窗户 – 一个在一侧,一个在头顶.

    这艘太空船长 60 英尺,机舱直径 90 英寸,为宇航员在零重力下漂浮提供了最大的空间.

    它在火箭发动机点火之前爬升到 50,000 英尺. SpaceShipTwo 与其航母分离, 白骑士II, 一旦超过 50 英里大关.

    乘客变成“宇航员”’ 当他们到达卡门线, 地球大气层的边界.

    然后宇宙飞船将在大约六分钟的失重状态下进行亚轨道旅行, 整个飞行大约持续 1.5 小时.

    贝索斯在四月透露 2017 他为 Blue Origin 提供资金 $1 十亿 (7.2亿英镑) 亚马逊股票每年.

    该系统包括一个位于可重复使用的“新谢泼德”上的加压乘员舱’ 助推火箭.

    巅峰时期, 胶囊到达 65 英里 (104 公里), 刚好高于官方的太空门槛并在升空七分钟后垂直降落.

    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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