An Antigua and Barbuda woman and her daughter, as well as an 80-year-old man, will fly into space with Virgin Galactic on August 10.

This mission, named Galactic 02, will be the second commercial flight of the American company founded by billionaire Richard Branson.

If the test flights are included, it will be the seventh time the spacecraft has gone into space.

Keisha Schahaff, 46, and her daughter Anastatia Mayers, 18, they won the ticket in a raffle after participating in a fundraising event organized by Virgin Galactic. The amount the mother donated was not disclosed, but donations started at $10.

was his own ricardo branson who communicated the news to Keisha Schahaff by going to her house to deliver the astronaut suit.

«As a child, I was always fascinated by space,» Keisha Schahaff told AFP at the time. «This is a great opportunity to feel alive.»

He third passenger, Jon Goodwin, 80, He participated in the 1972 Olympic Games and was discovered in the second person with Parkinson’s disease to go into space, but not in the oldest because the record was broken by William Shatner, at 90 years old.

Also on board the ship will be Beth Moses, a Virgin Galactic employee, and two pilots.

The flight takes about an hour and a half, but passengers only spend a few minutes in space.

A plane first takes off from a runway in New Mexico and about 15 km high, drops the ship, which looks like a large private jet.

He then fires up the engine and accelerates vertically to an altitude of over 50 miles, the US military’s limit of space. Immediately afterwards, it descends gliding.

Fewer than 700 people have flown into space to date, according to Virgin Galactic, which has promised one space flight every month.

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About 800 customers have bought their tickets, initially for a price of between $200,000 and $250,000 per passenger, which has risen to $450,000.

Virgin Galactic competes with billionaire Jeff Bezos’ company, Blue Origin, which also offers short suborbital flights.