After a tumultuous summer for Bezos, the launch comes as a welcome relief.
When Blue Origin launched its second manned flight into suborbital space, 90-year-old “Star Trek” actor William Shatner became the planet’s oldest person.
Blue Origin creator Jeff Bezos launched the closed company’s maiden mission three months ago, which included 82-year-old Wally Funk, the oldest person in space at the time.
Shatner describes his flights as incredible
The rocket launched at 9:50 a.m. local time from Van Horn, Texas, making a roughly 10-minute journey into suborbital space, reaching an altitude of more than 351,000 feet, traversing the so-called Carman line of 100 kilometers, which usually marks space.
After a smooth landing, Shatner met with Bezos and characterized the flight as a memorable experience. “Everyone in the globe should participate in and observe this. It was incredible “Shatner, who was crying, expressed his feelings.
Blue Origin previously sued NASA in an attempt to win a contract to build a human landing module for NASA’s Artemis program, which would send people to the moon.
The Federal Aviation Administration was forced to review the company’s safety requirements after a former Blue Origin employee accused the corporation of having a sexist culture that compromised safety.
Blue Origin denied the accusations, saying their New Shepard main booster and capsule meet safety standards.