William Shatner could have to wait one other day to attain the ultimate frontier.
Blue Origin has pushed the following launch of its New Shepard car, which can carry Shatner and three other people to suborbital space, from Tuesday (Oct. 12) to Wednesday (Oct. 13) due to weather considerations.
The mission, often called NS-18, will launch from Blue Origin’s West Texas web site, close to the city of Van Horn. Winds within the space are anticipated to be unfavorable on Tuesday, prompting the 24-hour push, Blue Origin representatives said via Twitter on Sunday (Oct. 10).
The launch is now scheduled for 9:30 a.m. EDT (1330 GMT) on Wednesday. You can watch it here at Space.com, courtesy of Blue Origin, or directly via the company. Coverage will start 90 minutes earlier than liftoff.
NS-18 would be the second crewed launch of New Shepard and the car’s 18th flight total (therefore the title). The first crewed mission lifted off on July 20, sending Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos, his brother Mark, aviation pioneer Wally Funk and Dutch scholar Oliver Daemen on a quick jaunt to suborbital space.
On that flight, the 18-year-old Daemen and the 82-year-old Funk grew to become the youngest and oldest folks ever to attain space, respectively. Shatner, who’s 90, will wrest the eldest crown from Funk when NS-18 soars into the ultimate frontier.
Joining the “Star Trek” actor on the approaching mission are Audrey Powers, Blue Origin’s vice chairman of mission and flight operations; Chris Boshuizen, co-founder of the Earth-observation firm Planet; and Glen de Vries, vice chair for all times sciences and healthcare on the French software program firm Dassault Systèmes.
Blue Origin’s primary competitor within the suborbital space tourism business, Virgin Galactic, is promoting seats aboard its VSS Unity space plane for $450,000 apiece. Blue Origin has not disclosed how a lot a ticket to trip New Shepard prices.
Mike Wall is the creator of “Out There” (Grand Central Publishing, 2018; illustrated by Karl Tate), a e book in regards to the seek for alien life. Follow him on Twitter @michaeldwall. Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom or Facebook.