Update: Jeff Bezos’ space venture Blue Origin says it aims to launch its next suborbital space mission on August 4, sending a crew of six that includes the first Egyptian and Portuguese space planes.
The take-off will take place at Blue Origin’s launch site one in West Texas, during a launch window opening at 8:30 CT (6:30 PT) next Thursday. The countdown, launch and landing will be webcast via the Blue Origin website starting at T-minus-30 minutes.
Technical problems or weather problems could cause delays in the launch. Monitor Blue Origin Twitter account for updates.
Previously: Blue Origin still has some latest frontier news up its sleeve: the company says its next manned suborbital flight will send the first spacecraft from Egypt and Portugal.
The crew of Blue Origin’s sixth manned mission, known as NS-22 because it is the 22nd flight ever, including unmanned flights, will also include a co-founder of video sports / entertainment firm Dude Perfect, a British-American climber, a driverless car pioneer and former telecommunications executive.
The July 22 announcement of the NS-22’s formation came a year and two days after Blue Origin’s first-ever manned flight, which sent Bezos and three others over the 100-kilometer Karman line. That altitude marks the internationally accepted boundary of outer space.
The flight plan for the NS-22 follows the pattern established by past missions: the crew will take off from Blue Origin’s launch site one in West Texas aboard a reusable New Shepard spacecraft and experience a few minutes of zero gravity before descending on a parachute – assisted landing in the middle of the pasture surrounding the launch site.
Blue Origin did not say how much its customers are paying to fly, but a report suggests that the fare for one of the crew members is in the range of $ 1.25 million.
Here’s a quick rundown of the lineup, in alphabetical order:
Coby Cotton is one of the five co-founders of Dude Perfect. His headquarters is sponsored by MoonDAO, a cryptocentric collective that aims to decentralize access to research and space exploration. Members voted for Cotton to represent them on this flight. MoonDAO is said to have transferred $ 2.575 million in cryptocurrency to pay for two seats in New Shepard.
Mario Ferreira is a Portuguese entrepreneur, investor and president of Pluris Investments, a corporate group comprising more than 40 companies involved in tourism, media, real estate, insurance and renewable energy. Several Portuguese citizens are in the running to join the European Space Agency’s astronaut corps, but Blue Origin says Ferreira would be the first Portuguese person to cross the space frontier.
Vanessa O’Brien is a British-American explorer and former banking executive. Blue Origin claims that her flight into space would make her the first woman to complete the “Explorers’ Extreme Trifecta,” which also includes a climb of Everest and a dive into the Challenger Deep. (Private equity investor Victor Vescovo finished the Trifecta with a New Shepard space flight in June.)
Clint Kelly III initiated the Autonomous Land Vehicle Project in 1984 while working at the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, and is credited with initiating the development of the technology base leading to today’s driverless cars.
Sara Sabry is an Egyptian mechanical and biomedical engineer and founder of the Deep Space Initiative, a non-profit group that aims to increase accessibility for space research. She became the first female analog astronaut in Egypt in 2021 after completing a simulated mission to the moon in Poland. Sabry is the second city spacecraft to be sponsored by Space for Humanity, a non-profit group that paid for the trip of Mexican native Katya Echazarreta to New Shepard in June.
Steve Young is the former CEO of Young’s Communications LLC (Y-COM), which was the largest telecommunications contractor in the state of Florida under his leadership. Y-COM was acquired by Grain Management last year. Young is also the owner of Pineapples, a restaurant in Melbourne on Florida’s Space Coast.
This is an updated version of a report first published at 7:00 pm on July 22nd.