Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin will blast William Shatner — the Canadian actor who famously performed Captain Kirk within the authentic “Star Trek” TV sequence — to the sting of space Wednesday morning.
The sci-fi actor, 90, will formally turn out to be the oldest individual to have ever traveled to space — even topping the report set by Wally Funk 82, earlier this 12 months on Blue Origin’s first crewed flight.
Shatner — joined by fellow crew members Audrey Powers, Blue Origin’s vice chairman of mission and flight operations, Planet Labs co-founder Chris Boshuizen and Medidata co-founder Glen de Vries — climbed into the capsule shortly after 10 a.m. ET.
Bezos, dressed within the firm’s blue astronaut uniform, closed the hatch to the capsule himself at 10:15 a.m.
The flight was initially due to launch at 10 a.m., however the countdown was positioned on maintain twice because the Blue Origin crew readied the rocket. The firm didn’t return The Post’s request for touch upon what brought on the delay.
“I shall be entranced by the view of space,” Shatner stated in a video that Blue Origin posted on-line Tuesday.
Ahead of the launch, Blue Origin’s mission management learn messages to the crew that had been left by the passengers of the corporate’s first space launch.
“You lucky bastards,” Bezos’ brother Mark wrote to them. “The depth of my desire to fly again is hard to express.”
“Together, let’s cross new records and set new boundaries,” Funk wrote to them.
Shatner agreed to carry some mementos from Bezos on the flight, the billionaire founder stated in an Instagram post Tuesday night.
Among them had been paper toys that Bezos stated he used to “play Star Trek” when he was 9 years previous.
“Please don’t judge me for the artwork,” Bezos wrote. “Thank you, Bill!”
The launch, which was initially scheduled for Tuesday, was delayed by someday due to excessive winds.
Audrey Powers, Blue Origin’s vice chairman of mission and flight operations are additionally becoming a member of the flight, alongside beforehand introduced crew members Planet Labs co-founder Chris Boshuizen and Medidata co-founder Glen de Vries.
The flight, which is slated to launch from Blue Origin’s facility in Van Horn, Texas, is anticipated to final about 11 minutes and see its crew journey previous the internationally acknowledged boundary of space, known as the Karman Line, about 62 miles above Earth.
The newest launch comes amid a wave of curiosity from the general public, billionaire entrepreneurs and traders as competitors within the new-age space race heats up.
This summer season, Blue Origin rival Virgin Galactic shot its founder Sir Richard Branson into space only a week earlier than Bezos took the journey.
And the joy within the sector has given SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk’s web price a lift, along with his firm now valued above $100 billion.
It’s Blue Origin’s second flight to carry a bunch of personal astronauts to the sting of space with its New Shepard rocket.
Bezos, 57, first went up to space in July alongside his brother Mark Bezos, pioneering pilot Funk, and wealthy Dutch scholar Oliver Daemen, who turned the youngest individual to go to space at age 18.
The foursome reached heights of 66.5 miles above Earth on New Shepard and spent about 10 minutes off the bottom.
“I … want to thank every Amazon employee, and every Amazon customer, because you guys paid for all this,” Bezos advised reporters after getting back from the journey.
“So seriously, for every Amazon customer out there, and every Amazon employee, thank you from the bottom of my heart, very much. It’s very appreciated.”
A Blue Origin flight lasts a bit over 10 minutes. The rocket soars simply previous the official US boundary of space and offers the crew a few minutes in microgravity earlier than returning to Earth, touching down with the assistance of parachutes.
The firm’s newest launch comes because it faces mounting issues. The Federal Aviation Administration is reviewing security considerations raised final month by a bunch of 21 present and former workers in an nameless essay.
The letter alleged a poisonous and sexist setting at Blue Origin and stated that almost all of signatories wouldn’t really feel protected using the corporate’s rockets to space.
“Blue Origin has been lucky that nothing has happened so far,” one nameless engineer who signed on to the letter is quoted as saying. The letter provides that “teams are stretched beyond reasonable limits.”
In response, Blue Origin CEO Bob Smith didn’t admit any wrongdoing or apologize in an e mail to workers, as a substitute assuring workers that the rocket-maker has “no tolerance for discrimination or harassment.”