Mr. Bezos, who has said he was inspired by “Star Trek” as a young boy, listens, still like a statue. He may have given Mr Shatner some space, but it was the complete opposite of how he looked after the short flight in July, when he was on the same spaceship. Mr. Bezos then stood from a stage, drawing criticism from critics of the vast company he founded as he thanked Amazon employees and customers for making it possible for him to fund the project. its private space project.
Mr. Shatner shared the cabin on Wednesday with three other passengers: Audrey Powers, vice president of Blue Origin, who oversees New Shepard operations, and two paying customers: Chris Boshuizen, co-founder of the important company. Planet Labs and Glen de Vries, co-founder of a company that builds software for clinical researchers.
Wednesday morning’s launch was delayed by about an hour by two pauses in the launch countdown – in part due to additional tests of the spacecraft and winds near its launch pad. The quartet was driven in electric pickups to Blue Origin’s launch pad, about an hour before takeoff, flanked by Mr. Bezos and company employees.
For a moment, it looked like Mr. Bezos, wearing a flight suit similar to the one he wore in July, would join them in space flight. But he closed the hatch before leaving the platform, sending the crew on their way.
The rocket took off at 9:49 a.m. EST, traveling as fast as a bullet at 2,235 miles per hour and sending the crew a flight of 65.8 miles. The entire ride lasted 10 minutes, 17 seconds and gave the four passengers about four minutes of weightlessness.
Mr. Boshuizen, speaking to reporters after the flight, likened the crew’s entry into space to a rock hitting a lake. “I tried to smile but my jaw was pushed back to the head,” he said.