Beam me up, Scotty!
On Monday, Jeff Bezos‘ aerospace firm Blue Origin introduced the Emmy Award-winning actor will travel on the New Shepard rocket for the NS-18 mission – the historic program’s eighteenth mission.
Joining the star will probably be Audrey Powers, Blue Origin’s Vice President of Mission and Flight Operations. Crew members Chris Boshuizen and Glen de Vries can even be on board the flight, which lifts off from Launch Site One in West Texas on Oct. 12.
“I’ve heard about space for a long time now,” Shatner stated in an announcement. “I’m taking the opportunity to see it for myself. What a miracle.”
Powers, who has been with Blue Origin since 2013, oversees New Shepard flight operations, automobile upkeep, and launch, touchdown, and floor help infrastructure. She additionally performed a lead function within the multi-year course of to certify New Shepard for human flight.
“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,” stated Powers, including, “As an engineer and lawyer with more than two decades of experience in the aerospace industry, I have great confidence in our New Shepard team and the vehicle we’ve developed.”
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“I was curious about space from a young age, and my parents fed that curiosity by giving me a telescope,” she stated of her lifelong love. “I would see the Moon and envision what the surface would feel like if I could touch it with my hand, and wonder what it would be like if I lived floating up there in a spacesuit – now I will get to experience what I dreamed about as a little girl.”
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A supply beforehand instructed PEOPLE Shatner was in talks to travel into house. “He’s almost certainly going, but they’re still working out the finer points,” the insider stated on the time.
This would be the second flight for Blue Origin following its inaugural journey to house in July. Bezos, 57, was joined by his brother Mark, in addition to each the oldest and the youngest folks to ever fly to house: 82-year-old Wally Funk and 18-year-old Oliver Daemen, respectively.
The mission was the first house flight with people on board for Blue Origin, the aerospace manufacturing and spaceflight firm the billionaire based in 2000.
According to the official web site, the New Shepard seats six astronauts, and because the ship is “fully autonomous,” there is no such thing as a pilot, making everybody onboard a passenger. The reusable automobile takes 11-minute flights into house, “designed to take astronauts and research payloads past the Kármán line — the internationally recognized boundary of space.”
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Bezos’ flight got here simply 9 days after fellow billionaire Sir Richard Branson took his first journey to house aboard the VSS Unity spacecraft, Virgin Galactic’s first totally crewed flight take a look at. Branson, 71, took off alongside 5 others from Sierra County, New Mexico on an hour-long journey to and from suborbital house on July 11.