The grand prize winner of a contest sponsored by XCOR Aerospace is Jennifer Brisco, who lives in the San Francisco Bay area of California Jennifer has won a trip aboard the Lynx Mark I suborbital launch vehicle.
"About two months ago, we were at an event called the Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference, where together with the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) we gave away a suborbital flight," said XCOR Chief Operating Officer Andrew Nelson at the Spacecraft Technology Expo (STE) in Los Angeles, CA. "We had a winner, and we had a backup. Unfortunately our main winner was unable to accept the prize. Our backup winner ... is now the official recipient of the suborbital flight."
Jennifer was flown in to the Spacecraft Technology Expo in Los Angeles to receive the prize. She did not know that she had been selected until presented with the award at the Expo. "It's been my lifetime goal to take a suborbital flight," said Jennifer. "This is an absolute dream ... I am in shock right now, I am speechless."
Jennifer, who is a space enthusiast, will be eligible to fly on the Lynx mark I as a suborbital researcher after passing a medical exam and completing a three day training program that includes altitude and G-force exposure. "XCOR continues to bring down the costs and barriers associated with commercial human spaceflight," remarked Andrew. "Reusable Launch Vehicles such as Lynx will usher in a whole new era of accessibility to space by offering routine, affordable and safe trips outside the atmosphere. We look forward to being on the vanguard of this revolution in affordable access to the cosmos." (Photo of Jennifer Brisco provided by XCOR)