Watch William Shatner go to house with Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin


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Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin is ready to launch its New Shepard rocket for the fifth time this yr on Wednesday, and Canadian actor William Shatner will be a part of the second crewed spaceflight for the corporate.

Referred to as NS-18, this New Shepard mission will carry a crew of 4: Shatner, Blue Origin VP of mission and flight operations Audrey Powers, Planet Labs co-founder Chris Boshuizen and Medidata co-founder Glen de Vries.

The crew of NS-18, from left: Audrey Powers, William Shatner, Dr. Chris Boshuizen, and Glen de Vries.

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Shatner, who famously performed Capt. Kirk within the authentic “Star Trek” tv collection, is ready to grow to be the oldest individual to fly into house at 90. The file was beforehand held by aerospace pioneer Wally Funk, who at 82 flew on Blue Origin’s first crewed launch in July.

The rocket will launch from Blue Origin’s non-public facility in West Texas, aiming to achieve above 100,000 kilometers (or greater than 340,000 toes altitude) earlier than returning to Earth safely a couple of minutes later. From begin to end, the launch is predicted to final about 11 minutes. The crew is ready to expertise about three minutes of weightlessness.

New Shepard’s capsule will speed up to greater than 3 times the velocity of sound to cross past the 80 kilometer boundary (about 50 miles) the U.S. makes use of to mark the sting of house. The capsule is flown autonomously, with no human pilot, and returns underneath a set of parachutes to land within the Texas desert.

The New Shepard rocket booster can be reusable, and can try to land on a concrete pad close to the launch website.

The corporate additionally flies New Shepard on cargo missions, such because the one in August, which carry analysis payloads within the capsule.

This photograph supplied by Blue Origin, Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket sits on a spaceport launch pad close to Van Horn, Texas, Tuesday, July 20, 2021.

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