Blue Origin plans to make its second crewed flight ever on Wednesday, this time carrying the alter ego of one of the crucial iconic area vacationers ever.
The first flight of a New Shepard rocket
with people aboard launched July 20 and carried firm founder and mega-rich man Jeff Bezos, his brother Mark, aviation pioneer Wally Funk and pupil Oliver Daemen on a fast journey to area. This time across the headline , the 90-year-old veteran actor finest recognized for enjoying James T. Kirk, captain of the Starship Enterprise within the Star Trek universe.
“I’ve heard about area for a very long time now,” Shatner stated cheekily in a press release final week. “I am taking the chance to see it for myself. What a miracle.”
The mission, dubbed NS18, is ready to liftoff at 6:30 a.m. PT (8:30 a.m. CT) Wednesday, Oct. 13. Reside protection from Blue Origin is ready to start 90 minutes earlier and might be streamed dwell. CNET’s livestreamed protection of the launch is under.
Shatner might be joined within the New Shepard capsule by Chris Boshuizen, former NASA engineer and co-founder of satellite tv for pc imaging firm Planet Labs; Glen de Vries, an entrepreneur and govt with French software program firm Dassault Systemes; and Blue Origin’s vp of mission and flight operations, Audrey Powers.
The quartet will blast off from Blue Origin’s west Texas launch facility Wednesday morning. A couple of minutes into the flight, the capsule will separate from the booster and proceed on to suborbital area, the place the crew will get to expertise weightlessness and an epic view of Earth earlier than reentering the environment for a parachute-assisted delicate touchdown within the desert. The entire expertise ought to final round quarter-hour.
After separation, the New Shepard booster returns for an autonomous touchdown on the bottom to be reused sooner or later.
Shatner, who has also released over 10 albums as a recording artist, says he plans to write a song about the experience for his next album.
“I want to write about my love of Earth,”in an interview posted to Twitter.
The launch was originally scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 12, but got bumped to the following day because of winds in the forecast.
“The mission operations team confirmed the vehicle has met all mission requirements and astronauts began their training today,” Blue Origin said in a statement Sunday morning. “Weather is the only gating factor for the launch window.”