Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin on Tuesday introduced the crew of its Dec. 9 launch, which is able to carry “Good Morning America” co-anchor and former New York Giant Michael Strahan in addition to 5 others previous the environment.
Strahan and Laura Shepard Churchley, the eldest daughter of Alan Shepard, who was the primary American to fly to space, are each invited friends on the flight, Blue Origin mentioned in an announcement.
Four others are paying for his or her seats, although Blue Origin didn’t disclose how a lot they paid.
The 4 clients embody enterprise capitalist Lane Bess and his son, Cameron, in addition to deep-pocketed investor Evan Dick. Angel investor and CEO of Voyager Space, Dylan Taylor, can also be paying for a seat on the flight.
“Lane and Cameron Bess will become the first parent-child pair to fly in space,” Blue Origin mentioned in a release.
It’s the primary time Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket will carry six astronauts to space, working at full capability.
It’s the rocket’s third crewed flight to space this 12 months.
In July, the rocket’s first crewed flight to space carried founder Jeff Bezos to space — making the Amazon founder the world’s wealthiest astronaut, whilst he misplaced his title as world’s wealthiest man to Tesla CEO Elon Musk.
Bezos was joined by his brother Mark and Oliver Daemen, an 18-year-old latest highschool graduate from the Netherlands, in addition to 82-year-old space pioneer Wally Funk — who made historical past turning into the oldest lady to ever soar into space.
Last month, Blue Origin launched one other set of passengers, together with William Shatner, who famously performed Captain Kirk within the unique “Star Trek” TV sequence, into space.
Blue Origin’s flights final about 10 minutes as they soar simply past an altitude of 66 miles.
Despite Blue Origin’s latest high-profile launches, the corporate has been mired in controversy ever since a gaggle of 21 former and present staff accused the corporate of fostering a “toxic” and sexist work setting that’s even pushed some staff into having suicidal ideas.
Notably, one of many few named former staff from that group, Alexandra Abrams, appeared on “Good Morning America” rival “CBS Mornings” for her first interview concerning the allegations.