- Blue Origin will launch its New Shepard rocket from Launch Site One in Texas today at 3 p.m. BST (10am ET)
- The mission was to start on Tuesday, but was postponed due to bad weather.
- Actor William Shatner will be joined on his mission by Chris Boshuizen, Glenn de Vries and Audrey Powers
- They will soar courageously about 65 miles above Earth’s surface in a space capsule
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is sending several pieces of Star Trek artwork and ‘home-made toys’ he made at age nine with actor William Shatner to space on a Blue Origin New Shepard rocket.
Bezos took to Instagram to announce that paper toys are going up the ante on the next rocket launch, saying he ‘made these tricycles and communicators to play Star Trek with my friends.’
His mother, Jacqueline Bezos, rescued him for 48 years and dug him up a week before launch, with Bezos asking Shatner to take him into space with her, ‘Please don’t judge me for the artwork. Thank you, Bill!’.
The 90-year-old Shatner rose to fame when he played Captain James T Kirk in the original Star Trek series created by Gene Roddenberry, where he used tricorders and flip-phones like communicators to scan alien worlds.
He will become the oldest person to go into space, and will join his mission by paying passengers Chris Boshuizen, Glenn de Vries and Blue Origin’s vice president, Audrey Powers.
Originally scheduled to depart tomorrow, but delayed due to windy weather, the blast from Launch Site One in Texas is now scheduled for 3 a.m. BST (10 a.m. ET).
The NS18 rocket will be flown to the launch pad 7.5 hours before lift-off, three hours before propellant fuel and its crew 35 minutes before ignition.
Its trajectory will take it more than 62 miles above Earth in three minutes – crossing the ‘Karman Line’ at the edge of space – where the crew will experience three minutes of weightlessness before returning to Earth.
The rocket booster segment will separate from the crew capsule at two minutes and 45 seconds into flight, to touch down on the pad approximately two miles from the launch site approximately seven minutes after launch.
After suborbital flight, the capsule would parachute to land in the Texas desert, approximately 10–12 minutes after the first detonation.
Along with Mr Bezos’ childhood art, Mr Shatner will also put together a postcard to inspire the ‘next generation’.
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William Shatner will boldly go into space today aboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket – taking with him the artwork Jeff Bezos created when he was nine to play “Star Trek.” Image: Art by Mr Bezos – with a ‘tricorder’ device (top and bottom) and a communicator (middle) with a hand
His mother, Jacqueline Bezos (pictured right), saved the home-made toys for 48 years and dug them up a week before launch, prompting Bezos (left) to ask Shatner to take them to space with her, ‘Please don’ ‘ added. Don’t judge me for the artwork. Thank you, Bill!’
Paper Creation replicates the classic tricorder (left) and communicator (right) used by Shatner and others in the original Star Trek series
Jeff Bezos was making his own, home-made version of the Tricorder and Communicator toys, like the one held here by an action figure wearing the original series uniform
Along with Mr Bezos’ childhood art, Mr Shatner will also hold a postcard (pictured) to inspire the ‘next generation’ as he blasts off 62 miles (100 kilometers) above Earth’s surface.
The mission will take William Shatner (second from right), Chris Boshuizen (right), Glenn de Vries (left) and Audrey Powers (second from left) 62 miles above Earth’s surface.
The New Shepherd will travel 100 km (62 mi) beyond the Karman Line, defined internationally as the ‘edge of space’, where the crew sits weightless for a few minutes before parachuting back to the Texas desert in the capsule. will experience.
“I’m going to look at the vastness of space and the extraordinary wonder of our Earth and how fragile it is compared to the forces at work in the universe,” Mr Shatner told NBC’s Today programme. Image: William Shatner as Captain Kirk in ‘Star Trek’. Leonard Nimoy’s Mr Spock can be seen holding a communicator, as reiterated in a paper by a young Jeff Bezos that Mr Shatner will go to space with him today
meet the crew
The 90-year-old Canadian actor rose to fame in the 1960s when he played James T. Kirk in the original series Star Trek.
Upon launch, he will become the oldest person ever to travel into space.
Boshuizen is a co-founder of Planet Labs and a partner in venture capital firm DCVC, and is a paying traveler.
He has a net worth of $30 million, and as of 2012 was the Space Mission Architect at NASA’s Ames Research Center.
Glen de Vries
De Vries, who co-founded Medidata Solutions in 1999, said the spot at New Shepard was a ‘dream come true’.
In an interview before the launch, he said, ‘This is how innovation happens.
Blue Origin’s vice president of mission and flight operations, he spent years overseeing missions in space.
She joined Blue Origin in 2013 and oversees New Shepard flight operations, vehicle maintenance, and launch, landing and ground support infrastructure.
Earlier this week, the principal flight director, Nick Patrick, said the crew completed their first day of training on Sunday. He also spent the launch training yesterday.
“The training itself was designed to do three things for our astronauts,” Patrick said during a video Interview.
‘The first thing is that it’s designed to train them on the safety systems that we have in the crew capsule and the expected responses from the crew if we do have an emergency.’
The second is to prepare the crew…