Jeff Bezos’ private space firm Blue Origin has delayed its latest launch due to windy weather in Texas.
set back means 90 years old star trek Actor William Shatner will have to wait an extra day to fly into space, with the trip now set for Wednesday.
Shatner is set to become the oldest person ever to fly in space when he joins the New Shepard NS-18 mission this week as part of a four-man crew.
“Due to forecast winds in West Texas, we are pursuing the NS18 launch target for Wednesday, October 13,” Blue Origin said in a statement.
“As part of today’s flight readiness review, the mission operations team confirmed that the vehicle has met all mission requirements and the astronauts began their training today. Weather is the only gating factor for the launch window.”
Liftoff is targeted for 8.30 a.m. CDT (2.30 p.m. BST). The mission will be live streamed 90 minutes before launch on Blue Origin’s website and official YouTube channel.
The trip comes less than three months after Bezos made the first space tourism trip aboard a Blue Origin rocket with three other passengers.
The 11-minute flight was completed successfully without major issues, although Shatner has admitted to being “intimidated” to make the same journey.
During a panel discussion at Comic Con in New York last week, Shatner recalled the Challenger disaster of 1986, which killed every astronaut.
“I’m thinking, ‘I’m going to go up in a rocket and our best guess is that it should be fine,’” Shatner said.
“I’m terrified. I’m Captain Kirk and I’m scared. I’m not really scared – yes I am… It comes and goes like a summer cold. I’m planning to put my nose against the window am [once I’m in space], and my only hope is that I don’t look back any more.”
In flight with Shatner are Audrey Powers, Blue Origin’s vice president of mission and flight operations, Chris Boshuizen, a former NASA engineer, and Glenn de Vries, co-founder of software firm Medidata.
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