WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson arrived from a successful space flight on Sunday.
- The billionnaire announced that he’ll be giving away two free tickets to a space flight scheduled to launch early next year.
- One lucky winner will get two tickets, a free hotel room, and a VIP tour of the company’s launch hub.
Virgin Galactic will be giving away two free seats on one of its commercial space flights.
Richard Branson, the founder of the spaceflight company, announced the giveaway after he returned from his space flight on Sunday.
“It’s an exciting, I think, opportunity for people around the world which has never existed before,” the billionaire said on stage from Spaceport America, the company’s launch hub.
Branson is partnering with Omaze, a charity fundraising platform, to conduct the raffle, per a statement.
Anyone can join the raffle without paying for anything, though participants will be charged a fee to get additional more entries if they want to increase their chances of winning a seat on the flight launching early 2022 from the hub located about 180 miles south of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Participants can send in their entries until Sept. 1, and the lucky winner will be announced on September 29, according to the company.
In a release, Omaze said proceeds from the raffle will go to Space for Humanity, “a nonprofit seeking to democratize space and send citizen astronauts of diverse racial, economic, and disciplinary backgrounds to space.”
One winner will get two free tickets for the space journey, a paid-for hotel room, and a “VIP tour of Spaceport America” led by Branson, said Omaze.
“Until now, most people could only dream of venturing beyond Earth. Now, we are incredibly excited to team up with Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Galactic, and Space for Humanity to give two everyday citizens a chance of going to space,” read a statement by Matt Pohlson, CEO and co-founder of Omaze. He added that the organization was founded on standardizing access to out-of-reach places with the help of an organization dedicated to standardizing space for humanities’ good.
Source: New York Post