The crew of mission NS18 de Blue Origin. Blue Origin
Space tourism company Blue Origin plans to make its second crewed flight on Wednesday starring William Shatner, the alter ego of one of the most iconic space travelers of all time.
The first flight of a New Shepard rocket with Humans On Board launched on July 20 and took company founder and mega-rich Jeff Bezos, his brother Mark, aviation pioneer Wally Funk and student Oliver Daemen on a trip fast in space. This time, the title passenger "is the iconic 90-year-old veteran actor best known for playing James T. Kirk, captain of the Enterprise spaceship in the Star Trek universe.
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"I've heard about space for a long time now, Shatner insolently said in a statement last week. "I take this opportunity to see it for myself. What a miracle.
The mission, dubbed NS18, is scheduled to take off at 6.30am PT (8.30am CT) Wednesday, October 13th. Blue Origin's live coverage is expected to begin 90 minutes earlier and will be broadcast live. Live coverage of the launch by CNET is below.
Shatner will be joined in the New Shepard capsule by Chris Boshuizen, former NASA engineer and co-founder of satellite imagery company Planet Labs; Glen de Vries, entrepreneur and executive of the French software company Dassault Systèmes; and the Vice President of Mission and Flight Operations at BlueOrigin, Audrey Powers.
The quartet will take off from Blue Origin 's West Texas Launch Center on Wednesday morning. A few minutes after the start of the flight, the capsule will separate from the booster and continue to suborbital space, where the crew will experience weightlessness and an epic view of Earth before re-enter the atmosphere for a soft landing assisted by parachute in the desert. The entire experience should last about 15 minutes.
After separation, the New Shepard booster returns for an autonomous ground landing for reuse in the future.
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Shatner, who has also released over 10 albums as a recording artist, says he plans to write a song about Expe Nothing for his upcoming album.
"I want to write about my love of Earth, Shatner in an interview posted to Twitter.
The launch was originally scheduled for Tuesday, October 12, but was the forecast postponed to the next day due to the winds.
"The mission operations team confirmed that the vehicle met all mission requirements and the astronauts began their training today 'hui, Blue "Origin said in a statement Sunday morning. "The weather forecast isul trigger factor for launch window. "