Blue Origin, the rocket firm based by Jeff Bezos, is scheduled to carry out its second crewed suborbital flight on Wednesday morning. William Shatner is coming alongside for the trip, which is barely becoming for the actor who performed Captain Kirk on Star Trek. Right here’s how one can watch the launch.
Blue Origin flight NS-18 is scheduled to elevate off on Wednesday, October 13 at 8:30 a.m. EDT (13:30 UTC) from Launch Website One in west Texas. The launch was initially scheduled for Tuesday, however excessive winds pushed the date ahead by at some point.
Stay feeds of the launch will probably be made accessible on the Blue Origin website and on the Blue Origin YouTube Channel. We’ll put up a dwell feed proper right here as soon as it turns into accessible. Protection is predicted to start out roughly 90 minutes earlier than launch.
Ought to all go in line with plan, Shatner, 90, will turn into the oldest individual to journey in area, even when it’s only for a couple of minutes. The present report belongs to 82-year-old Wally Funk, who set the mark earlier this yr throughout the identical flight that took Jeff Bezos to area. That stated, NASA astronaut John Glenn flew to area aboard the Area Shuttle on the age of 77, which nonetheless makes him the oldest astronaut in line with the FAA’s definition of the time period (tl;dr: to be an astronaut you truly should do one thing whereas in area, except for gawking on the view).
After it was introduced that Shatner was becoming a member of the NS-18 flight, the actor admitted to being terrified. Chatting with reporters earlier this week, Shatner said he’s now feeling “snug, but additionally a bit uncomfortable.” Age, he stated, received’t be an element, except for having to get out and in the seats each earlier than and after launch.
“So until you’re actually supple, getting out and in of the seats…after we’re in gravity, is a chore,” Shatner stated. “However after all it’s designed [for us] to drift out of the seat, in weightlessness.” Shatner is most trying ahead to being in weightlessness, as every little thing after that “must be all proper.” To which he added: “And we’ll have that second of inspiration, which I really feel will probably be there after we’re trying into the vastness of the universe.”
Following the jiffy of weightlessness, Shatner and his crewmates will return to their seats and buckle up in preparation for re-entry. The capsule will descend with parachute help and make a tender touchdown within the desert. The entire thing will final now not than round 15 minutes.
NS-18 is poised to be simply the second crewed flight of New Shephard. On July 20, Blue Origin efficiently despatched firm founder Jeff Bezos, together with three others, to past the Kármán line—the edge of area in line with the Worldwide Aeronautical Federation. Flying at a most altitude of round 66 miles (106 km), Shatner will probably be joined by Chris Boshuizen, a former NASA engineer and co-founder of Planet Labs, Glen de Vries, the vice-chair of life sciences and well being care at French software program firm Dassault Systèmes, and Audrey Powers, Blue Origin’s vice chairman of mission and flight operations and a former flight controller with NASA.
For Bezos, the Shatner flight is serving as a well timed distraction. Blue Origin was lately accused of fostering sexism on the office and pushing workers to their limits. Claims that the corporate has been favoring fast deployment over security issues have now led to an FAA investigation. Blue Origin can also be embroiled in a authorized battle with NASA over a lunar lander contract that the corporate believes was unfairly awarded to SpaceX.