Back at Virgin Galactic’s big event for the first flight of its founder, Richard Branson announced that the company would make seats available on its spacecraft via the online raffle platform Omaze. The first winners of those tickets were just announced: Keisha S. of Antigua (her last name is being kept confidential) and her daughter.
The idea is, you enter with $10, and the money eventually goes to charity, but you also get a chance at the prize of two tickets to the edge of space (something the platform gets, of course). In this case he raised $1.7 million for place for humanity, which is itself an organization that aims to bring people into space.
Of the two million entries from over 200 countries (obviously everyone wants to go to space) the winner was Keisha, an Antigua local who plans to take her daughter, an astrophysics student, on a flight. Was.
“I’ve always had a lifelong love of flying and a fascination with space, and it’s truly a dream come true for me. What the world means to me is sharing this experience with my daughter And I hope that together we can inspire the next generation to follow their dreams,” she said in the press release.
He himself will also make a personal tour of Spaceport America from Branson. Must be fun – congratulations to the lucky couple. No timeline yet, but commercial service is expected to begin late next year, so there’s at least a ballpark to start with.
Now, when Branson was on stage, he said these raffles would be a regular event, but a Virgin Galactic representative said he “has not announced plans for future sweepstakes at this time.” Note that this opens up the possibility that it hasn’t been announced yet, or that there won’t be any. Of course, it’s premature to ticket even more because the first set has been flying for a year or more.