Star Trek star William Shatner to fly into space aboard New Shepard
Canadian actor William Shatner, 90, is set to fly into space aboard Blue Origin's New Shepard on October 12. He will also be joined by the vice-president of the firm, Audrey Powers. Shatner said that “I heard about space for a long time, and now I decided to make sure of its existence myself.” It is noted that the flight team will include former NASA engineer Dr. Chris Boschuisen, as well as Glen de Vries, vice president of life sciences and health issues at Dassault Systèmes.
Blue Origin is an American private aerospace company headquartered in Kent, Washington, USA. Created in 2000 by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. Engaged in the development and production of space technology. The first flight of the ship she created took place on July 20. On board the New Shepard were the owner of the company Bezos, his younger brother Mark, 82-year-old pilot Wally Funk and physics student Oliver Damen.
Earlier it became known that Blue Origin intends to make two more launches of the spacecraft with passengers. At the same time, the Amazon founder added that he is not yet sure that the company will carry out manned flights next year.
By the way, Jeff Bezos' company filed a lawsuit in the summer against the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) due to the fact that the contract for the development of a lunar module worth 2.9 billion dollars was awarded to Elon Musk's SpaceX company. The lawsuit emphasized that the development, which will bring astronauts to the surface of the Earth's satellite, requires two suppliers.