Blue Origin launch reside: William Shatner forced to wait extra 30 mins for lift-off due to windy weather


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Blue Origin is getting ready to launch William Shatner into house right now aboard its New Shepard rocket.

The Star Trek actor will boldly go the place no 90-year-old has gone earlier than, turning into the oldest particular person to ever fly to house.

The New Shepard NS-18 flight was initially scheduled for Tuesday however was delayed due to windy weather on the Texas launch web site.

The lift-off has been rescheduled for 8.30am CDT (2.30pm BST), with a reside stream of the mission starting 90 minutes earlier than the launch.

Joining Shatner on the flight is Blue Origin Vice President Audrey Powers, former Nasa engineer Chris Boshuizen and Medidata CEO Glen de Vries. It comes lower than three months after Jeff Bezos made the identical 11-minute journey aboard the primary ever crewed New Shepard rocket.

We’ll have all the newest updates from the launch in our reside weblog beneath, in addition to nicely as a reside stream of the occasion on this web page.


Blue Origin launch: Tweeting from house?

William Shatner gave a nod to that unforgettable efficiency in a collection of tweets posted final evening earlier than bedtime.

The nonagenarian is an avid tweeter, and was one of many platform’s earliest adopters again in 2008.

Since then he has tweeted greater than 100,000 instances, averaging greater than 20 tweets per day.

He’s not in a position to carry his telephone on right now’s flight however he claims to have “prearranged a little something” for when he’s in house.

Anthony Cuthbertson13 October 2021 12:44


William Shatner, Rocket Man

With simply over 3.5 hours till lift-off, I’ve been killing a while having fun with William Shatner’s under-appreciated facet profession as a singer.

While “singing” is likely to be stretching the definition of the time period, this rendition of Elton John’s Rocket Man is one for the ages.

“Packed my bags last night pre-flight, zero hour, 9am,” he sang, greater than 40 years in the past on the Science Fiction Film Awards, foreshadowing the precise time of right now’s lift-off.

“I’m a rocket, man.”

Anthony Cuthbertson13 October 2021 12:32


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Anthony Cuthbertson13 October 2021 12:23


Blue Origin crew take postcards to house

William Shatner and the remainder of the Blue Origin NS-18 crew have penned some postcards forward of their journey to house later.

The Star Trek actor writes: “This is the most important and practical concept for space use and for aiding in saving planet Earth.”

The three different passengers present the space-inspired photos drawn by college students. They have been chosen from hundreds of postcards from Blue Origin’s basis, Club for the Future, which goals to encourage future generations to pursue careers in STEM and “help invent the future of life in space”.

Anthony Cuthbertson13 October 2021 12:20


Blue Origin launch schedule

Here’s what to count on from right now’s launch:

T-7.5 hrs: Rocket rolls out to launch pad

T-3 hrs: Propellant load begins

T-45 mins: Go for astronaut load & proceed to the launch tower

T-35 mins: Astronauts start load into the crew capsule

T-24 mins: Crew Capsule hatch closed

We’re presently at simply over T-4 hours, that means the rocket is already on the launchpad. The reside stream is about to be broadcast 90 minutes forward of lift-off, in round two and a half hours time.

Anthony Cuthbertson13 October 2021 10:56


Blue Origin launch time delayed

Blue Origin has as soon as once more been forced to push again right now’s launch due to windy weather – however solely by 30 minutes.

The lift-off is now scheduled for 9am CDT (3pm BST), with weather at the moment presently trying promising for launch.

It will happen at Blue Origin’s Launch Site One, close to the West Texas city of Van Horn, the place forecasts from Accuweather predict wind falling from 11km/h to 7km/h between 8am and 9am native time.

Here’s how the newest weather forecast seems for the time of launch.


Anthony Cuthbertson13 October 2021 10:31


Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket cleared for launch

Blue Origin has cleared its New Shepard NS-18 mission for launch.

“New Shepard is go for launch!” Blue Origin introduced.

“The mission team has completed the Flight Readiness Evaluation prior to NS-18. This is our final meeting with the engineers and Mission Control team to ensure all systems are go for launch.”

Very little coaching was needed for right now’s flight, as the whole factor is automated. However, the passengers do want to know what to do in case of an emergency, in addition to how to transfer round safely in zero gravity.

(Blue Origin)

Anthony Cuthbertson13 October 2021 10:00


Blue Origin launch overshadowed by security issues

Today’s launch comes simply days after experiences emerged of a “toxic” work tradition at Blue Origin, and claims that it fails to meet correct security protocols.

There have been simply three crewed house vacationer missions to this point – with Blue Origin, SpaceX and Virgin Galactic every launching one apiece – and in these tentative early days any catastrophe might show deadly for the nascent trade.

Senior executives from Blue Origin, nonetheless, have strenuously denied the security allegations made by former workers.

“We’re exceedingly thorough, from the earliest days up through now as we’ve started our human flights,” stated Blue Origin’s Audrey Powers, who will probably be on right now’s flight. “Safety has always been our top priority.”

You can learn our full story on the claims right here.

Anthony Cuthbertson13 October 2021 09:26


William Shatner speaks of ‘life-changing’ Blue Origin launch

William Shatner has spoken about the “life-changing” trip he is about to embark upon aboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard NS-18 rocket right now.

“We’re just at the beginning, but how miraculous that beginning is. And how extraordinary it is to be part of that beginning.” he says in a promotional video posted by the non-public house agency to Twitter.

He could declare to be terrified however he’s trying in nice form! He’s additionally been busy tweeting within the hours main up to the launch, and claims to have pre-arranged a “special something” whereas truly in house.

Anthony Cuthbertson13 October 2021 08:24


Hello and welcome…

to The Independent’s reside protection of right now’s Blue Origin launch from Texas.

It is simply the second ever crewed launch of the New Shepard rocket, coming lower than three months after Jeff Bezos made the identical 11-minute journey.

The most notable passenger aboard right now’s flight is 90-year-old Star Trek star William Shatner, who will change into the oldest particular person to ever attain house if all goes nicely.

The nonagenarian stated final week that he was “terrified” to head to house, and has had to wait an extra day for the launch due to unhealthy weather.

Lift-off is scheduled for 8.30am CDT (2.30pm BST) – roughly six hours from now – and we’ll be bringing you all the newest information and updates from Texas proper right here.

Anthony Cuthbertson13 October 2021 08:14