Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin brings William Shatner into house and again

Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin launched its New Shepard rocket for the fifth time this yr on Wednesday, and Canadian actor William Shatner joined the corporate’s second manned spaceflight up to now.

This New Shepard mission, known as NS-18, led 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 launch was round 10:50 a.m. ET.

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

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Shatner, who performed the well-known Captain Kirk within the authentic TV collection “Star Trek”, is 90 years outdated and the oldest particular person to fly into house, beginning with a crew in July.

The rocket launched from Blue Origin’s personal facility in West Texas and reached over 100 kilometers (or greater than 340,000 toes in altitude) earlier than safely returning to Earth a couple of minutes later. The beginning took about 11 minutes from begin to end. The crew skilled weightlessness for about three minutes.

Star Trek actor William Shatner, together with former NASA engineer Chris Boshuizen, scientific analysis entrepreneur Glen de Vries, and Blue Origin Vice President and Engineer Audrey Powers receives NS-18 from Blue previous to their suborbital flight on the New Shepard Mission NS-18 Origin close to Van Horn, Texas, USA in a nonetheless from a video broadcast on October 13, 2021.

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The New Shepard capsule accelerated to greater than 3 times the velocity of sound to exceed the 80-kilometer (about 50 miles) mark that the U.S. makes use of to mark the sting of house. The capsule shall be flown autonomously and not using a human pilot and returned beneath a set of parachutes for touchdown within the Texas desert.

The New Shepard rocket booster can be reusable and landed on a concrete platform close to the launch web site. NS-18 was the fourth take-off and touchdown for this booster.

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

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