Virgin Galactic has announced the first winner of the competition for a free flight into space
In July of this year, Virgin Galactic, or rather its owner Richard Branson, announced a lottery draw, the winner of which will become the owner of a free “ticket” to fly into space in 2022. According to the company, according to the results of the lottery, it was possible to collect over $ 1.5 million, of which grants will be paid under the Citizen Astronaut program. And so, as promised, the organizers have determined the winner.
She became a citizen of the tiny Caribbean state of Antigua and Barbuda (its area is 440 sq. km) fitness trainer Keisha S. She intends to give the second ticket to her daughter, by the way, to a future astrophysicist.
According to the lucky winner, her cherished dream is coming true, and she is ready to share her impressions about the upcoming flight on social networks, which will surely inspire the next generations to “follow their dreams.”
However, in addition to charity and popularization of space exploration, Virgin Galactic pursues a very specific commercial goal – it advertises services in the field of space tourism, where it will have to compete fiercely with Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin and Elon Musk’s Space X.