Liftoff is scheduled for December 9 at 9:30 a.m. CT from Blue Origin launch facilities near rural downtown Van Horn, Texas.
Strahan and Laura Shepard Churchley, whose father Alan Shepard went on a suborbital flight in 1961 and later walked on the Moon, included investors Dylan Taylor, Evan Dick and Len Bess, as well as Bess’s adult child, Cameron Bess. Will be Blue Origin said Strahan and Shepard Churchley would be “honorary guests”, just as the last celebrity Blue Origin sent to the edge of space, William Shatner, has not paid for his tickets.
This flight will mark the first time that Blue Origin will fill all six seats on its New Shepard rocket and capsule, named after Alan Shepard. In the company’s last two flights—including the July flight that sent Bezos himself into space—only four seats were occupied.
That means passengers will have a little less wiggle room than earlier customers, especially Strahan, who stands at six feet, five inches tall.
Strahan announced his plans to join the flight during a segment good Morning America
Tuesday morning, seeing that Blue Origin measured it for their flight suit and tested one of the seats on the New Shepard capsule to make sure it fit.
Strahan spent 15 seasons in the NFL, all of them with the New York Giants, where he won the Super Bowl with them in 2007. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2014.
The flight will follow a similar profile to Shatner’s flight and Bezos before him, just 10 minutes off the ground.
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Suborbital flights are very different from the type of orbital flights we think of when we think of spaceflight. Blue Origin’s New Shepard flights will be brief, up-and-down trips, though they will go more than 62 miles above Earth, widely considered the edge of outer space.
Orbital rockets need to drum up enough power to hit at least 17,000 mph, or what is known as orbital velocity, essentially causing a spacecraft to be pulled back down immediately by gravity. Instead of providing enough energy to keep moving around the earth.
Very little power and speed are required for suborbital flights. This means that the rocket requires less time to burn up, the lower the temperature outside the spacecraft, the less force and compression exerted on the spacecraft, and generally fewer opportunities for something to go wrong.
New Shepard’s suborbital fights at about three times the speed of sound — about 2,300 mph — and flies straight overhead until the rocket has expended most of its fuel. The crew capsule would then separate from the rocket at the top of the trajectory and give passengers a few minutes of weightlessness before hovering nearly at the top of the capsule’s flight path.
The New Shepard capsule then deploys a large wing of parachute to slow its descent to less than 20 mph before falling to the ground.
This will be the third of what Blue Origin hopes will be a series of space tourism launches that will take wealthy customers to the edge of space. It could be a line of business that helps fund Blue Origin’s other, more ambitious space projects, including developing a 300-foot-tall rocket to blast satellites into orbit and a lunar lander. is powerful enough.
But news also comes that Blue Origin is facing a major setback. The company was passed over for a highly coveted NASA contract to build the lander that would put humans on the Moon for the first time in half a century. Blue Origin lost to its main competitor, Elon Musk’s SpaceX, and contested the decision — even escalating the fight in federal court — with only a few faults for delaying the Moon landing until 2025. Gone and pinned.
Blue Origin is still reeling from an explosive public essay alleging that the company fosters a toxic workplace environment and fraught with safety issues, which the Federal Aviation Administration, which licenses commercial launches, said. Lets say, it is reviewing. Blue Origin vehemently denied the allegations in the essay and repeatedly stated that security is its top priority.