VAN HORN, Texas, October 13 (Hfrance.fr) - The company of American billionaire Jeff Bezos, Blue Origin, is about to make its second suborbital tourist flight on Wednesday, with the actor William Shatner - who embodied the promise of the voyaspace age in the TV series and movies "Star Trek " - among four fully civilian crew members about to take off in Texas.
Shatner, at 90, is set to become the oldest person ever in space. He and his teammates are scheduled to take off at 9 a.m. (1000 EDT / 1400 GMT) aboard the fully autonomous 18.3-meter-high New Shepard spacecraft to Blue Origin's launch site approximately 20 miles away. ) outside the rural town of Van Horn, West Texas. loading
The former engineer from NASA Chris Boshuizen, clinical research entrepreneur Glen de Vries and vice president and engineer of Blue Origin Audrey Powers .
Blue Origin said astronauts will know about three to four minutes laterand will travel above the internationally recognized limit of k-space now as the Karman Line, approximately 62 miles (100 km) above Earth. The crew capsule is to return to the Texas desert by parachute.
The flight, previously scheduled for Tuesday, has been postponed by a day for wind related reasons . The winds were light and the skies clear before launch time.
All four crew members completed training on Tuesday and miss The ion team has completed a flight readiness assessment to ensure "all systems are ready for launch," Blue Origin said on Twitter. Prior to launch, astronauts must enter the crew capsule and strap into their seats.
Blue Origin has effecsuccessfully killed its first space tourism flight in July. 20, with Bezos and three others on board, flying to the edge of space and back for a journey of 10 minutes and 10 seconds. On this flight, the pioneer of the aviator Wally Funk at 82, became the oldest person to reach space.
Bezos, the Amazon .com Inc (AMZN.O) Founder and current Executive Chairman, formed Blue Origin two decades ago.
Shatner, who turned 90 in March, has been acting since 1950s and remains busy with entertainment projects and fan conventions. he is best known for playing the role of captain james t. kirk spaceship enterprise in classic 1960s tv series "star trek " seven movieslater on fictional adventures in space.
As an actor, Shatner was synonymous with space travel. During the opening credits of each episode of the series, he called space 'the last frontier' and promised 'to explore strange new worlds, to seek new life and new civilizations, to find new life and new civilizations. 'boldly go where no man has gone before. "
Shatner said there was both irony and symmetry in his space travel, having played a space explorer for decades and becoming one now.
"Having played the role of Captain Kirk ... me credits the knowledge a futuristic astronaut would have, but I was always consumed with curiosity, "Shatner said in a Blue Origin video.
Shatner's participation in the flight helped generatela for Blue Origin as it competes with two billionaire-backed rivals - SpaceX by Elon Musk and Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc by Richard Branson (SPCE.N) - to attract customers willing to pay large sums to do the space flight experience.
Branson launched its space tourism service on July 11, along with six other people aboard the VSS Unity rocket plane of his business. SpaceX, which launched numerous astronauts and cargo payloads to the International Space Station for NASA, made their debut in space tourism by piloting the first fully civilian crew in areach Earth orbit during a three-day mission ending September 18.
The US Federal Aviation Administration has announced Two weeks ago she would be reviewing security concerns raised by former and current Blue Origin employees who accused the company of prioritize speed and cost savings over quality control and adequate personnel. Reports by Mike Blake; Additional reporting by Eric M. Johnson in Seattle and Peter Szekely in New York; Edited by Will Dunham
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