October 12 liftoff at 9:30 a.m. ET. Launch Site in West Texas Will Go From One
Blue Origin has officially confirmed that 90-year-old actor William Shatner, best known for playing Captain James T. Kirk in “Star Trek,” will join the aerospace company’s suborbital spaceflight on October 12.
“I’ve heard about space for a long time,” Shatner said in a statement. “I am taking this opportunity to see it for myself. What a miracle.”
In addition to playing Captain Kirk on television, Shatner starred in seven “Star Trek” films, one of which he directed. He also currently serves as the host and executive producer of The History Channel’s “The Unexplained”., ” A one-hour, non-fiction series that explores the world’s most fascinating, strange and unspeakable mysteries.
Shatner, who would become the oldest person to travel to space, had previously hinted at the possibility of going to space during a San Diego Comic-Con Panel Discussion Titled “Back to the Moon and Beyond with NASA.”
“There’s a possibility I’m going to go upstairs for a brief moment and come back down,” Shatner said at the time.
Shatner’s involvement in the trip was First TMZ. reported by last month.
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Shatner will be joined by Audrey Powers, Blue Origin Vice President of New Shepard Mission and Flight Operations.
Powers, who joined Blue Origin in 2013, played a major role in the multi-year process to certify the New Shepard for manned flight.
Prior to his current role, he served as Blue Origin’s Deputy General Counsel and Vice President of Legal and Compliance. Before becoming a lawyer, Powers worked with NASA as a flight controller, racking up 2,000 hours of console time at the agency’s mission control for the International Space Station program. In addition to serving as an executive sponsor of Blue Origin’s New Mercury Gender Diversity Business Resource Group, she is a pilot and serves as chair of the Board of Directors of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation.
“I’m very proud and humbled to fly on behalf of Team Blue, and I’m excited to continue writing the history of Blue’s human spaceflight,” Powers said. “As an engineer and lawyer with more than two decades of experience in the aerospace industry, I have great confidence in our New Shepard team and the vehicle we have developed.”
Outside the crew are former NASA engineer and Planet Labs co-founder Dr. Chris Boshuizen and Glenn de Vries are co-founders of Medidata and Dassault Systems vice president of life sciences and health care.
Blue Origin made the October trip after completing its first successful crewed suborbital spaceflight in July, flying 66.5 miles above Earth. Blue Origin Founder Jeff Bezos was joined in flight by his brother Mark, 82-year-old aerospace pioneer Wally Funk, And Oliver Damon, 18, who a. took the place of Mystery auction winner who paid $28 million for a seat.
It also comes as Blue Origin is facing several charges outlined in an essay by a group of 21 former and current employees, including creating an unsafe working environment for female employees, ignoring and avoiding safety and environmental concerns. for “suppression of dissent”. internal criticism. The safety concerns raised by employees are being reviewed by the Federal Aviation Administration.
A company spokesperson previously told Granthshala Business, “Blue Origin has no tolerance for discrimination or harassment of any kind. We provide multiple avenues for employees, including a 24/7 anonymous hotline, and any form of misconduct. Will investigate new claims immediately.” “We stand by our safety record and believe the New Shepard is the safest space vehicle ever designed or built.”
Liftoff is currently scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Eastern time from Launch Site One in west Texas for an approximately 11-minute flight on October 12.