Billionaire U.S. businessman Jeff Bezos’s company Blue Origin is set for its second suborbital tourism flight on Wednesday, with actor William Shatner – who embodied the promise of space travel on the “Star Trek” TV series and films – among the four-person all-civilian crew poised to blast off in Texas. Shatner, at age 90, is due to become the oldest person ever in space.
He and his crewmates are scheduled for a 4pm takeoff aboard the 18.3 meters-tall fully autonomous New Shepard spacecraft at Blue Origin’s launch site about 32 km outside the rural west Texas town of Van Horn.
Joining Shatner for what the company said is expected to be a roughly 11-minute journey are former NASA engineer Chris Boshuizen, clinical research entrepreneur Glen de Vries and Blue Origin vice president and engineer Audrey Powers.
The four crew members went through training on Tuesday and the mission team completed a flight-readiness evaluation to ensure “all systems go for launch,” Blue Origin said on Twitter.
Ahead of the launch, the astronauts are due to enter the crew capsule and get strapped into their seats.
Blue Origin had a successful debut space tourism flight on July 20, with Bezos and three others aboard, flying to the edge of space and back on a trip lasting 10 minutes and 10 seconds.
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