Beam me up, Bezos!
William Shatner — the Canadian actor who famously performed Captain Kirk in the unique “Star Trek” TV sequence — will likely be launched into space on Oct. 12 by Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin, the company announced Monday.
The sci-fi actor, 90, will fly as one of many passengers on the company’s New Shepard rocket.
Shatner would be the oldest individual ever to journey to space after the roughly 10-minute trip — even topping the file set by Wally Funk 82, earlier this year on Blue Origin’s first crewed flight.
“I’ve heard about space for a long time now. I’m taking the opportunity to see it for myself. What a miracle,” Shatner mentioned Monday in a press release.
Audrey Powers, Blue Origin’s vp of mission and flight operations can also be becoming a member of the flight, alongside beforehand introduced crew members Planet Labs co-founder Chris Boshuizen and Medidata co-founder Glen de Vries.
“I’m so proud and humbled to fly on behalf of Team Blue, and I’m excited to continue writing Blue’s human spaceflight history,” Powers mentioned.
The Oct. 12 flight will mark Blue Origin’s second crewed flight with its New Shepard rocket.
Bezos, 57, first went up to space in July alongside his brother, Mark Bezos; pioneering pilot Funk; and wealthy Dutch pupil Oliver Daemen, then 18 and the youngest individual to go to space.
The foursome reached heights of 66.5 miles above Earth on New Shepard and spent about 10 minutes off the bottom.
“I … want to thank every Amazon employee, and every Amazon customer, because you guys paid for all this,” Bezos informed reporters after coming back from the journey. “So seriously, for every Amazon customer out there, and every Amazon employee, thank you from the bottom of my heart, very much. It’s very appreciated.”
A Blue Origin flight lasts a bit of over 10 minutes. The rocket soars simply previous the official US boundary of space and offers the crew a few minutes in microgravity earlier than returning to Earth, touching down with the assistance of parachutes.
The company’s announcement of its launch subsequent week comes because it faces mounting issues. The Federal Aviation Administration is reviewing security considerations raised final week by a gaggle of 21 present and former staff in an nameless essay.
The letter alleged a poisonous and sexist surroundings at Blue Origin and mentioned that almost all of signatories wouldn’t really feel secure using the company’s rockets to space.
“Blue Origin has been lucky that nothing has happened so far,” one nameless engineer who signed on to the letter is quoted as saying. The letter provides that “teams are stretched beyond reasonable limits.”
In response, Blue Origin CEO Bob Smith didn’t admit any wrongdoing or apologize in an e-mail to staff, as a substitute assuring staff that the rocket-maker has “no tolerance for discrimination or harassment.”