VAN HORN, TEXAS — William Shatner and three other passengers will go into space on the second crewed trip of Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket today, October 13th, and you can watch the event live online.
The New Shepard rocket is expected to launch from the Blue Origin‘s Launch Site One near Van Horn, Texas, at 9 a.m. local time (10 a.m. EDT; 1400 GMT). A live webcast of the mission will begin 90 minutes before liftoff, and you can watch it in the window above, courtesy of Blue Origin. The webcast will be live-streamed on Blue Origin’s website and YouTube. first
The company’s earliest crewed launch that carried Jeff Bezos, his brother Mark, 82-year-old aviation pioneer Wally Funk, and 18-year-old Dutch student Oliver Daemen to space, took place nearly three months ago. Shatner will break Funk’s record of being the oldest person to launch into space if everything goes according to schedule, which he set on Blue Origin’s July 20 mission.
What is the hype about the New Shepard Vehicle of Blue Origin?
Audrey Powers, Blue Origin’s vice president of mission and flight operations, Glen de Vries, Dassault Systèmes’ vice-chairman for life sciences and healthcare, and Chris Boshuizen, co-founder of the Earth-observation company Planet are the people involved. They will join Shatner (aka Captain Kirk from “Star Trek”) on the NS-18 mission, the 18th launch of a New Shepard vehicle.
The trip will take around 11 minutes, with the crew experiencing about four minutes of weightlessness in space. The rocket booster from New Shepard will detach from the capsule and return to Earth, landing upright approximately 2 miles (3 kms) north of Blue Origin’s West Texas landing site, north of the launch pad, approximately 8 minutes after the liftoff.
The New Shepard capsule, with the crew on board, will reach its maximum height just above the Kármán line, the globally recognized space border, which is around 62 miles (100 kms) above sea level, while the launcher is landing. 11 minutes after liftoff, the capsule will return to Earth.
The live-stream from Blue Origin will be available for the entirety of the mission, with live images of the rocket and capsule throughout the launch and both landings. The hatch of the New Shepard capsule will be opened 11 minutes after the crew landed, with the broadcast wrapping up shortly after at 10:30 a.m. EDT (1430 GMT).