Image source, Blue Origin Image caption, William Shatner trained with Blue Origin
Hollywood actor William Shatner would later become the oldest person to go to space when he took a ride in the Blue Origin sub-orbital capsule.
The 90-year-old, who played Captain James T Kirk in the Star Trek movies and television series, says he can't wait to see Earth from a new perspective.
He will take off from the Texas desert with three other individuals.
His journey aboard the rocket system, developedby Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, is expected to last around 10 minutes.
Shatner will experience a short period of weightlessness as he climbs to a maximum altitude of just above 60 miles (100 km). He will also be able to see the curvature of the Earth through the large windows of the capsule.
"I want to have vision, I want to see space ", the Canadian star told reporters earlier this week.
"I want to see Earth. I want to see what we need to do to save Earth. I want to have a perspective that has not been shown to me previously. "
Blue Origin is targeting a 9:00 a.m. local time (3:00 p.m. BST) launch.
Media caption, William Shatner: "I want to see space ... to get a perspective that doesn't m 'has not been shown before "
Mr. Shatner will be accompanied on the flight by Audrey Powers, vice president of Blue Origin; Chris Boshuizen, who co-founded the Earth imagery satellite company Planet; and Glen de Vries, executive of French healthcare software company Dassault Systèmes.
They received a few days 'training, although they didn ' t There's nothing really important to do during the flight other than enjoy it.The rocket and capsule system, known as the New Shepard, is fully automatic.
Flight Blue Origin Director Nicholas Patrick said the quartet however needed to know what to do in the unlikely event of a 'an emergency, and recognize - and not be disturbed by - the normal b umps and sounds of space flight.
"The third thing training does is teach the 'crew how to behave in Zero G; how to move around the cabin without bumping or kicking each other; what grips to use; the kinds of things they can expect and their response, "l ' British-born former NASA astronaut explained. La Hfrance.fr is not responsible for the content of external sites. See original tweet on Twitter
This will only be the second crewed outing ofe New Shepard. The first, July 20, carried Mr. Bezos, his brother Mark, the Dutch teenager Oliver Daemen; and famous aviator Wally Funk.
Subsequently, 82-year-old Ms Funk was able to claim the record for the oldest person in space - a title she will now relinquish to Shatner, assuming its mission is unfolding without incident and it transcends Earth's atmosphere.
The launch comes as Blue Origin has a toxic work culture and failed to follow proper safety protocol s. The mostly anonymous accusations made by former and current employees have been vigorously denied.
"This is just not my experience at Blue " retorted Audrey Powers, responsible for mission and flight operations.
"We are extremely thorough, from the early days until now that we have started our human flights. Safety has always been our priorityrelative ity. "
William Shatner may be the first no one to switch from the space version of Star Trek to the reality hing - but here the NASA astronauts made the opposite trip.
Mae Jemison appeared in an episode of the Star Trek TV reboot: The Next Generation, tandis that Mike Fincke and Terry Virts appeared in the final episode of Enterprise, the prequel series to Star Trek.
Gene Roddenberry, the creator of the franchise, and James Doohan, the star Trek actor who played Montgomery "Scotty " Scott in the original also provide a link. 1960s series and later films. Both men saw their ashes sent into space.