VAN HORN, Texas, October 13 (Hfrance.fr) - The company of American billionaire Jeff Bezos, Blue Origin, is preparing to make its second suborbital tourist flight on Wednesday, with the 'actor William Shatner - who played the promspace travel esse 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 / 1530 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 in West Texas.
Former NASA engineer Chris Boshuizen joins Shatner on what should be a trip of around 10 minutes, Glen de Vries, clinical research entrepreneur and vice president and engineer of Blue Origin Audrey Powers .
New Shepard should transpoLand passengers more than 60 miles (96 km) above Earth, allowing them to experience a few minutes of zero gravity before the crew capsule returns to the Texas desert by parachute. The flight, previously scheduled for Tuesday, has been postponed for a day for wind related reasons .
The four crew members underwent training on Tuesday and the mission team performed a flight readiness assessment to ensure "All systems are ready for launch," Blue Origin said on Twitter.
Blue Origin successfully completed a first space tourism flight on July 20, with Bezos and three others on board, taking off to the outer reaches of space and back for a 10 minute journey and 10 seconds. On this flight, Pioneer female aviator Wally Funk at 82 has become the oldest person to reach space.
Bezos, Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) Founder and current Executive Chairman, formed Blue Origin two decades ago.
Shatner, who turned 90 in March, has been an actor since the 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 the classic 1960s television series "star trek " seven subsequent films about fictional adventures in space.
actor, Shatner was synonymous with space travel. During the opening credits of each episode of the series, he called space "the last frontier" and said.promised "to explore strange new worlds, to seek new life and new civilizations, to 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.
"That 's no piece of cake " said Shatner to the "CBS Mornings program.
"I want to see the space. I want to see the Earth. I want to see what we have to do to save the Earth. I want to have a perspective that has never been shown to me before, "said Shatner.
Shatner's participation in the flight helped generate for Blue Origin as it competes with two billionaire-backed rivals - SpaceX's Elon Musk and Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc by Richard Branson (SPCE.N ) - to attract customers willing to pay a large sum s to experience spaceflight.
Branson inaugurated its space tourism service on the 11th July, along with six other people aboard his company 's VSS Unity rocket plane. 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 to reach Earth orbit during a three-day mission to ending September 18.
Federal Aviation Aadministration of the United States said two weeks ago that it would review 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 staff . Reports by Mike Blake; Additional reporting by Eric M. Johnson in Seattle; Edited by Will Dunham
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