The wind forecast show unfriendly signs for Tuesday liftoff!
To reach the final frontier, William Shatner will have to wait another day. Due to weather concerns, Blue Origin has moved the launch of its New Shepard vehicle, which would transport Shatner and three other individuals to suborbital space, from 12th Oct Tue to 13th Oct Wed due to bad weather.
The mission, codenamed NS-18, will take off from Blue Origin’s West Texas base near Van Horn. Blue Origin executives warned through Twitter on Sunday that winds in the area are predicted to be unfavourable on Tuesday, forcing the 24-hour push 10th Oct.
The launch has been rescheduled for Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. EDT (1330 GMT). You may watch it on Space.com, thanks to Blue Origin, or directly on the company’s website. Coverage will commence 90 minutes prior liftoff.
Launch of the Vehicle:
NS-18 will be New Shepard’s second crewed launch and the vehicle’s 18th total flight (hence the name). The first crewed flight, which took Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos, his brother Mark, aviation pioneer Wally Funk, and Dutch student Oliver Daemen to suborbital space, launched on July 20.
On the flight, Daemen, who was 18 at the time, and Funk, who was 82 at the time, became the youngest and oldest individuals to reach space, respectively. When NS-18 soars into the ultimate frontier, Shatner, who is 90, will grab the eldest crown from Funk.
Vice President’s Word:
Audrey Powers, Blue Origin’s vice president of mission and flight operations; Chris Boshuizen, co-founder of the Earth-observation business Planet; and Glen de Vries, vice chair for life sciences and healthcare at Dassault Systèmes, will join the “Star Trek” actor on the upcoming voyage.
Virgin Galactic, Blue Origin’s major suborbital space tourism competitor, is selling seats aboard its VSS Unity space plane for $450,000 each. The cost of a ticket to ride New Shepard has not been published by Blue Origin.