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Together with Shatner on the flight, which should last approximately minutes will be former NASA engineer Chris Boshuizen, clinical research entrepreneur Glen de Vries, and Blue Origin vice president and engineer Audrey Powers.
New Shepard is expected to carry passengers more than 96 km above the Earth, allowing them to experience a few minutes of zero gravity before the crew capsule returns to the Texas desert, using parachute. The flight, previously scheduled for Tuesday, was postponed for reasons related to the wind.
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The actor’s participation in the flight helped generate publicity for Blue Origin in its competition with two rivals backed by billionaires to Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic to attract customers willing to pay a large sum to experience spaceflight.
Branson launched its space tourism service on 11 July, traveling on a suborbital flight with six other people aboard his company’s VSS Unity rocket plane. SpaceX, which transported countless astronauts and cargoes to the International Space Station for NASA, debuted its space tourism business by flying Earth’s first civilian crew orbiting Earth on a three-day mission that ended in 18 September.
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said two weeks ago that it will review security issues raised by former and current employees from Blue Origin, who accused the company of prioritizing speed and cost containment over quality control and staff training.
Translation of Luiz Roberto M. Gonalves