After the historic July 11 flight of Richard Branson, which reached the edge of outer space aboard Virgin Galactic’s USS Unity, the billionaire wants to take other people into space. The first commercial flights will take place soon, and those who want this experience can win it in a contest. Even if at the moment the price of a seat on board a Virgin Galactic shuttle is beyond the possibilities of the general public, a few lucky ones will arrive in space for free.
The Virgin Galactic contest will put two people in space, for free
Virgin Galactic and Omaze announced the contest immediately after Branson’s flight over the weekend, which will offer two seats on one of the company’s first commercial flights. Participation in the raffle is free, but those who donate money to the Space for Humanity Foundation will receive more tickets in the contest, so high chances of winning.
Entries are open until September 1, and the winner will be announced on September 29. However, it seems that the winners must commit to having the time to prepare for the trip. Physical training is required before going into space aboard a Virgin Galactic ship, which will be provided by the company. On this occasion, passengers will also receive a tour of Spaceport America, the place where the shuttle will take off.
Richard Branson’s flight also brought down the record for people in space at the same time. Gathering the 7 people from the International Space Station, the 3 people from the Chinese Tianhe station and the six passengers of the Virgin Galactic shuttle, no less than 16 people were in space yesterday at the same time.
Blue Origin does not believe that Virgin Galactic has arrived in space
The promise of space tourists is not exactly new, but Virgin Galactic, Branson’s company, Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos’ company and SpaceX, Elon Musk’s company, seem to be working hard to make this possible. Also, all three companies seem to be quite close to such commercial flights. Jeff Bezos will make a similar trip aboard a Blue Origin capsule on July 20 with his brother, while SpaceX is working on Starship, a spacecraft that will allow it to travel around the Moon, to the Moon, and to Mars in the future. .
From the beginning, New Shepard was designed to fly above the Kármán line so none of our astronauts have an asterisk next to their name. For 96% of the world’s population, space begins 100 km up at the internationally recognized Kármán line. pic.twitter.com/QRoufBIrUJ
— Blue Origin (@blueorigin) July 9, 2021
As a reaction to the Virgin Galactic flight, Jeff Bezos’ company compared the experience to the one that Blue Origin will offer. Apparently, Blue Origin does not consider the launch of Branson as one in “space”, because it did not cross the Karman line, 100 km altitude. Blue Origin also boasts “the largest windows in space”, in order to better see the planet and the fact that it has more successful launches, that its rocket is less polluting and that in its capsule there are an emergency safety system.
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