This week, space travel company Blue Origin will launch a short flight to space and back with a very special crew member: actor William Shatner, aka Star Trek’s Captain Kirk. The launch will air on Wednesday, October 13, and you can watch it live at home.
What to expect from the launch
Blue Origin’s New Shepard spacecraft will be launched from the first launch site in West Texas on a mission dubbed NS-18. The launch was originally scheduled for Tuesday, October 12, but was postponed by a day due to forecast winds in West Texas.
The NS-18 mission crew will include Star Trek actor William Shatner, as well as Audrey Powers, member of the Blue Origin team, Dr Chris Boshuizen of Planet Labs and co-founder of Medidata Glen de Vries.
In a conversation posted to Twitter this week, Shatner said he can’t wait to take in the views from the ship. “I plan to look out the window with my nose leaning against the window,” he said, adding a nod to The twilight zone, “The only thing I don’t want to see is a little gremlin looking at me!”
– Blue origin (@ blue origin) October 8, 2021
This flight follows the July Blue Origin flight which included founder Jeff Bezos. Since then, the company has faced accusations from current and former employees that it fosters a sexist culture and prioritizes speed over development over safety – a characterization that company spokespersons have made. contested. He has also engaged in a legal battle with NASA over NASA’s decision to attribute the contrast of its lunar lander to the company’s competitor, SpaceX.
Those issues aside, a lot of people are excited about the launch and the inclusion of William Shatner on the crew in particular, thanks to his status as a sci-fi icon.
How to watch the launch
The launch is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. ET (6:30 a.m. PT) on Wednesday, October 13. Blue Origin will air the launch, with coverage starting at 8:00 a.m.ET (5:00 a.m.PT) that morning.
To watch the launch live, you can head to the Blue Origin website or go directly to the Blue Origin YouTube channel.
And if you miss keeping up with the launch as it happens, then don’t worry – you can catch up and watch the launch later, as the recorded video will be posted to YouTube.