Congratulations to Thomas Goodwin for winning XCOR's NSRC-2012 sweepstakes for a free ride on the suborbital Lynx platform. We reported the competition earlier this year, and were eagerly anticipating the draw at the NSRC convention this week. His name was randomly drawn on Monday at the Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference in Palo Alto California.
Goodwin is a physiology and bio-engineering researcher with NASA's Johnson Space Center. Space.com reports that Thomas Goodwin might not be able to take the suborbital trip. "I'm not sure I can accept this," Goodwin said, referencing his status as a government employee, which may prevent him from using the prize. "I'm very surprised."
XCOR did draw an alternate name just in case the primary winner was not able to accept. XCOR drew the winning ticket from a pool of conference attendees who registered for NSRC in advanced.
The prize is valued at $95,000.00. That is the same price that XCOR plans to charge when the Lynx platform begins flying in the near future. Aside from thrill-riding space tourists, XCOR also plans on offering research and scientific space on it's suborbital launches.
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