2021-10-14

Blue origin successfully sent William Shatner and his three companions to the edge of space and returned

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Blue origin successfully sent William Shatner and his three companions to the edge of space and returned

flying with Shatner today are two paying customers and an employee of blue origin. They include Chris boshuizen, co-founder of small satellite company planet labs, and Glen de Vries, co-founder of software company medidata. Audrey powers, vice president of mission and flight operations of blue origin, participated in the flight on behalf of the company

the flight this morning lasted a little more than 10 minutes, marking the second successful manned launch of blue origin on the new Shepard rocket. In its first manned launch on July 20, the company carried Jeff Bezos, the founder of blue origin and former CEO of Amazon, his brother, Dutch teenager mark, and legendary pilot Wally Fink. When Fink flew, she became the oldest person in space at the age of 82, but this morning, Shatner, 90, overtook her

Blue origin successfully sent William Shatner and his three companions to the edge of space and returned(1)

the new Shepard is the main vehicle of blue origin. The rocket is a sub orbital rocket, so it can not reach enough speed to enter the orbit around the earth. Instead, it can launch the crew to the edge of space and then return, so that the crew can experience weightlessness for a few minutes. In order to enter space, the crew are bound in a crew cabin and launched. They perch on the top of the rocket. After entering the edge of the earth and space, the capsule and the rocket are separated, and the passengers float briefly in the cabin. Then, the two parts of the aircraft fall back to the earth respectively; The capsule landed with the assistance of a parachute, and the rocket rekindled its engine and landed upright

Blue origin successfully sent William Shatner and his three companions to the edge of space and returned(2)

Blue origin successfully sent William Shatner and his three companions to the edge of space and returned(3)

although Shatner’s flight was ultimately successful, But this was during the turbulent period of blue origin. Just before the mission, 21 current and former employees published a severely worded article criticizing the culture of blue origin as gender discrimination and insecurity. A recent Washington Post survey also showed that employees believe that blue originated from “autocratic Brotherhood”