The company said Saturday Night Live star Davidson, who became a pillar of entertainment in his relationship with Kim Kardashian on Monday morning, had five paying customers on a 60-foot-high New Shepard rocket at Blue Origin. Announced to fly with.
According to Blue Origin, the launch is scheduled for March 23, 8:30 am. The announcement comes after CNN has previously confirmed that Davidson is in talks with the company on a supersonic rocket launched vertically from a Texas countryside launch. Bezos Ranch Pad.
After years of quiet development, Blue Origin’s space travel rocket flew with space community heroine Wally Funk, his younger brother Mark Bezos, and paid customers last year to make his crew launch debut with Bezos. Played.
Since then, Blue Origin has been talked about in two flights with other well-known names such as Star Trek star William Shatner and Good Morning America host Michael Strahan.
Blue Origin’s goal is to make spaceflight in these orbits the mainstay of pop culture, giving welcomed guests, mostly celebrities, and those who can afford it 10 minutes of supersonic joy. Is to give.
Davidson has five paying customers on board the plane. They include Martialen, an investor and former CEO of a party goods store, Jim Kitchen, an entrepreneur and business professor, and George Neildo, a former Deputy Director of the Federal Aviation Administration. Commercial Space Transport Authority; Orlando real estate developer Mark Hagle and his wife Sharon Hagle, who founded a space-focused nonprofit organization.
Crew members will train for several days at the Blue Origin facility in western Texas before the day of flight, and will climb the New Shepard crew capsule above the rocket. After takeoff, the rocket is torn beyond the speed of sound. As the rocket boosters return to Earth for an upright landing, the crew’s capsules continue to rise into the atmosphere, more than 60 miles above the dark surface. You can see the outer space and overlook the earth from the window of the capsule.
When the flight reaches its peak, passengers will be weightless for a few minutes. Bezos threw skittles and flipped inside the cabin, especially in weightlessness. Others are glued to the window.
As gravity begins to pull the capsule back toward the ground, passengers will experience intense G-force again and land at less than 20 mph in the Texas Desert before the parachute set is deployed and the vehicle slows down.
The entire show lasts only about 10 minutes because the flight is in orbit, that is, it does not generate enough speed or take the correct orbit to avoid being pulled back quickly by the Earth’s gravity.
Blue Origin is the first company to offer regular ballistic space travel. Its main competitor, Virgin Galactic, made its first crew flight, including founder Richard Branson, before the Bezos flight last July. However, Virgin Galactic has not yet followed up. Later, after it was revealed that the company’s spacecraft had deviated from the designated flight path, another crew member flew. The company is currently undergoing an unrelated technology upgrade and may return to flight later this year.
SpaceX is the only private company that offers travel to orbit. The company completed its first all-civilian flight last September, carrying a millionaire and three selected crew members on a three-day trip. Take four paying customers on a flight to the International Space Station, which orbits about 200 miles above Earth.
Blue Origin has plans to build a rocket called New Glenn, which is powerful enough to reach orbit. And in the light of the news that Russia may no longer sell rocket engines to the United States, those plans are more pressing than ever. The BE-4, the origin to be used in Engine Blue New Glenn, will also be the next launch vehicle designed by the United Ranch Alliance, a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Boeing, which is responsible for the launch of important US national security. will be used. ULA is currently a Russian RD-180 engine.
Blue Origin did not have a specific update for BE-4 when asked to comment.