Jeff Bezos’ space travel company, Blue Origin, said it would delay its next rocket launch until Wednesday due to forecast winds in western Texas. The New Shepard launch was originally scheduled for Tuesday.
“Due to forecast winds in West Texas, we are extending the #NS18 launch target to Wednesday, October 13,” the company tweeted on Sunday.
The upcoming flight is notable because “Star Trek” actor William Shatner will be on board.
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“Yeah, it’s true; I’m going to be a ‘Rocket Man’!” The 90-year-old tweeted earlier this month. He said: “It’s never too late to experience new things.”
Shatner will become the oldest person to go into space. He will join three others aboard the Blue Origin capsule – two of them paying customers. He will become the second actor to reach space this month: Russia is launching an actress and a film director To the International Space Station on Tuesday for nearly two weeks of moviemaking.
The fourth seat in flight is going to Blue Origin’s vice president of mission and flight operations, who used to serve as the space station flight controller for NASA.
By comparison, Shatner’s flight would only last about 10 minutes and reach no more than about 66 miles. The capsule would parachute back to the desert floor from which it took off.
In July, Bezos blasts off into space on the first flight of his rocket company With people on board, became the second billionaire in just one week to ride his own spaceship. The Amazon founder was accompanied by a hand-picked group: his brother, an 18-year-old from the Netherlands, and an 82-year-old aviation pioneer from Texas—the youngest and oldest to fly in space.
During that flight, Blue Origin’s capsule reached an altitude of about 66 miles. The 60-foot booster accelerated to Mach 3, or three times the speed of sound, to get the capsule high enough, before separating and landing straight.
This story was reported from Los Angeles.