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Blue Origin postpones William Shatner’s space flight for one day

Jeff Bezos’ spaceflight company Blue Origin said on Sunday it would postpone the flight that is expected to transport William Shatner to space due to high winds forecast at its launch site. The flight of the company’s New Shepard spacecraft is now scheduled for 9:30 a.m. ET on October 13, a day later than originally scheduled. It is intended to take off from Blue Origin’s first launch site in Texas.

A statement on the Blue Origin website said the New Shepard NS-18 had met all mission requirements and the astronauts had started their training. “The weather is the only trigger for the launch window,” according to the statement, which is signed with the company motto “Gradatim Ferociter” (Latin for “step by step, fiercely”).

The company officially announced last week that Shatner, better known as Captain James T. Kirk of Star Trek, will join the New Shepard crew for their second crewed flight. Shatner, 90, will be the oldest person to fly in space. New Shepard’s first crewed flight in July brought Bezos, his brother Mark, aviator Wally Funk and teenager Oliver Daeman into space.

Shatner will be joined by Chris Boshuizen, former NASA engineer and co-founder of satellite company Planet Labs, Glen de Vries, co-founder of software company Medidata and vice president of life sciences at a French software, and Audrey Powers, Vice President of Mission and Flight Operations at Blue Origin.

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