So is this a lottery or a raffle?
Heck no! Online lotteries are illegal in many countries (though not all of them). This project is a Sales Promotion . If it looks similar, it's because it's very similar. We made a video about this - you can watch it here .
When will the winner be drawn?
The winner will be drawn when we reach the threshold of 25,000 poster sales. (Including the ones we give away for being awesome/telling people about us/being both awesome and telling people about us).
You don't deliver posters to my country! WTF?
Yeah. Sorry about that. We probably will though. Soonish. Meanwhile - you can always get the digital version! It has a lot less calories.
Who provides the ticket to space?
At the moment there are a few different providers who are selling commercial space flights to the public. We're still haven't locked in an 'official' partnership just yet, and we're trying not to use names specifically until we have, what we CAN say, is that we HAVE spoken to providers who have said they'll take our money and give a ticket to the winner of the draw. (Google 'Commercial Space Flight' if you're still curious – there's more providers out there than you might think!)
Holy crap this is awesome. Can I buy one for all my friends?
Technically - We're currently getting our web monkeys to make this easier - check back soon! (Or if you're feeling crafty, the current workaround is entering your friends name/email in the draw instead of yours when you buy - the only thing here is they'll get the confirmation email - not you.)
What are my chances of winning, specifically?
There's a limit of 25,000 posters for each promotion, which means your chances are…you guessed it! 1 in 25,000. You can always increase your chances by getting more posters, indeed, we strongly encourage this activity, though we recommend warning those you live with before wallpapering the interior of your house with your unusually large space poster collection.
How will you make sure the draw is fair/transparent/auditable?
The short version is we're going to use a combination of hashing of peoples email addresses, creating a text file with the results (that goes out to all the participants) and live-streaming us using Random.org to pick a random number between 1-25,000 to tell us which line in the file to pick. It's pretty fancy. You can click here to watch the video we made about it.
How long does this last? Will the price/limit go down when ticket prices do?
We'd like this to be an ongoing project - which means as the market size grows, and as flights start launching, we can do drawings more frequently - we'll also reduce the amount of entries per round as ticket prices become cheaper, though as it's still an emerging industry, it's likely to take some time for that to happen.
What are the health requirements for going to space?
It depends on the terms and conditions of the carrier we use - we recommend taking a quick look at the space flight companies out there ( Click here for a list ) and looking at the different requirements for each - if you don't have time for that, what we can say is that there was a recent centrifuge training activity with a major commercial spaceflight company, which replicated the G-forces which will be experienced in flight. 81 customers took part in the test, from age 22 to 88. 93% fulfilled the training successfully! We can also say that if you're unable to participate in the flight due to health reasons, you're allowed to give (but not sell) the ticket away to someone else.
How old do you have to be to eligible for the draw?
The terms and conditions stipulate that you need to be 18 or over to enter into the draw, however - parents can enter on behalf of their children, and should they win, will be entrusted with the ticket until such a time their child is ready to go.(This includes people who win free entries into the draw via a promotion/contest)