If the weather remains favorable and no technical issues stop it, the six-person New Shepard will take off today at 9:45 a.m. ET. It’s the third Blue Origin mission ever manned and the first time the flight will be at full capacity with six passengers on board. Among these passengers is Laura Shepard Churchley, daughter of Alan Shepard known for being the first American to go into space. You will make the trip with good morning america Co-hosted by Michael Strahan as guests on the airline owned by Jeff Bezos.
Passengers paying for the flight are tech-focused Adventure Fund founder Lynn Pace and his child Cameron Bass aka MeepsKitten on Twitch, Voyager Space CEO Dylan Taylor and engineer/Starfighters Aerospace volunteer pilot Evan Dick. Blue Origin NS-19 was supposed to make a flight into subtropical space on December 9, but was postponed due to strong winds.
The company launched its first manned spaceflight in July, carrying Jeff Bezos and his brother over the Karman Line. In October, William Shatner flew into space on his second manned flight. The NS-19 mission is not only the third crewed flight for Blue Origin this year, it is also one of several space agencies and private space companies, including SpaceX and Virgin Galactic. As Jennifer Levasseur, curator at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, said: Washington PostIt is the busiest year for human spaceflight. “We’re entering a new phase of activity that we haven’t seen before, frankly. And that’s getting a lot of excitement,” she added.
You can watch the launch and preparations ahead of it below when the broadcast begins at 8:15 a.m. ET.
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