Daughter of pioneering astronaut Alan Shepard set for Blue Origin spaceflight

Author of the article: Reuters Joe Skipper and Steve Gorman VAN HORN — The eldest daughter of pioneering U.S. astronaut Alan Shepard is set for a ride to the edge of space aboard Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin commercial rocketship on Saturday, 60 years after her late father’s famed suborbital NASA flight at the dawn of…
Daughter of pioneering astronaut Alan Shepard set for Blue Origin spaceflight

Author of the article:

Reuters

Joe Skipper and Steve Gorman

VAN HORN — The eldest daughter of pioneering U.S. astronaut Alan Shepard is set for a ride to the edge of space aboard Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin commercial rocketship on Saturday, 60 years after her late father’s famed suborbital NASA flight at the dawn of the Space Age.

Laura Shepard Churchley, 74, who was a schoolgirl when her father first streaked into space, is one of six individuals due for liftoff at 8:45 a.m. Central time (1445 GMT) from Blue Origin’s launch site outside the rural west Texas town of Van Horn.

They will be flying aboard the crew capsule of a fully autonomous, six-story-tall spacecraft dubbed New Shepard, designed to soar to an altitude of about 350,000 feet (106 km) before falling back to Earth for a parachute landing on the desert floor.

The entire flight, from liftoff to touchdown, is expected to last a little over 10 minutes, with the crew experiencing a few minutes of weightlessness at the very apex of the suborbital flight.

The spacecraft itself is named for Alan Shepard, who in 1961 made history as the second person, and the first American, to travel into space – a 15-minute suborbital flight as one of NASA’s original ‘Mercury Seven’ astronauts.

A decade later, Shepard walked on the moon as commander of the Apollo 14 mission, famously hitting two golf galls on the lunar surface.

Churchley is one of two honorary, non-paying guest passengers chosen by Blue Origin for Saturday’s flight. The other is Michael Strahan, 50, a retired National Football League star and co-anchor of ABC television’s “Good Morning America” show.

They are joined by four lesser-known, wealthy customers who paid undisclosed but presumably hefty sums for their New Shepard seats – space industry executive Dylan Taylor, engineer-investor Evan Dick, venture capitalist Lane Bess and his 23-year-old son, Cameron Bess. The Besses are set to make history as the first parent-child pair to fly in space together, according to Blue Origin.

Saturday’s flight is expected to reach a maximum height of about 65 miles – just above the internationally recognized boundary of space, the Karman Line, which is roughly 62 miles above Earth.

The launch marks the third space tourism flight for Blue Origin, the company Bezos – founder and executive chairman of retail giant Amazon.com – formed two decades ago, and the company’s first with a crew of six passengers.

Bezos himself tagged along on Blue Origin’s inaugural flight https://www.reuters.com/technology/jeff-bezos-worlds-richest-man-set-inaugural-space-voyage-2021-07-20 in July, joining his brother, Mark Bezos, trailblazing octogenarian female aviator Wally Funk, and 18-year-old Oliver Daeman, a Dutch high school graduate and beneficiary of a $28 million auction sweepstake.

Actor William Shatner, who embodied the promise of space travel in his role as Captain James T. Kirk of the starship Enterprise on the 1960s TV series “Star Trek,” joined https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/science/star-trek-actor-shatner-poised-blue-origin-space-jaunt-2021-10-13 the second New Shepard crew in October to become the oldest person in space at age 90.

British billionaire Richard Branson beat Bezos to the punch by nine days when he rode along https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/science/virgin-galactics-branson-ready-space-launch-aboard-rocket-plane-2021-07-11 on the first fully crewed voyage of his own space tourism venture Virgin Galactic Holding Inc, soaring to the edge of space over New Mexico in a rocket plane released at high altitude from a carrier jet.

A third player in the burgeoning space tourism sector, fellow billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, inaugurated his SpaceX citizen-astronaut service in September with the launch of the first all-civilian crew https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/science/spacex-capsule-with-worlds-first-all-civilian-orbital-crew-set-splashdown-2021-09-18 ever to reach Earth orbit. (Repotring by Joe Skipper in Van Horn, Texas and Steve Gorman in Los Angeles; Editing by Rosalba O’Brien)

Financial Post Top Stories

Sign up to receive the daily top stories from the Financial Post, a division of Postmedia Network Inc.

By clicking on the sign up button you consent to receive the above newsletter from Postmedia Network Inc. You may unsubscribe any time by clicking on the unsubscribe link at the bottom of our emails. Postmedia Network Inc. | 365 Bloor Street East, Toronto, Ontario, M4W 3L4 | 416-383-2300

Read More

Total
0
Shares
Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Related Posts
China to ban online brokers from offering offshore trading to mainland clients -sources
Read More

China to ban online brokers from offering offshore trading to mainland clients -sources

Author of the article: Reuters Julie Zhu and Yu Xie HONG KONG — Chinese regulators are planning to ban online brokerages such as Futu Holdings Ltd and UP Fintech Holding Ltd from offering offshore trading services to mainland clients due to concerns about data security and capital outflows, people with knowledge of the matter said.…
FluroTech Provides Operational Update: Announces Pause on Further Development of its Pandemic and Emerging Disease Defense Platform
Read More

FluroTech Provides Operational Update: Announces Pause on Further Development of its Pandemic and Emerging Disease Defense Platform

Author of the article: CALGARY, Alberta, April 08, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — FluroTech Ltd. (TSXV: TEST) (OTCQB: FLURF) (the “Company” or “FluroTech”), announces that it has decided to pause any further expenditures on development of its Pandemic and Emerging Disease Defense Platform (“PEDDP”), initially targeting COVID-19, until it is able to obtain further financing. While…
Ruble hits record low, euro skids as Russia attacks Ukraine
Read More

Ruble hits record low, euro skids as Russia attacks Ukraine

Author of the article: TOKYO — The Russian ruble tumbled to a record low on Thursday, while the euro sank to a multi-year low to the Swiss franc after Russian forces fired missiles at several Ukrainian cities and landed troops on its south coast. Riskier commodity-linked currencies like the Australian dollar also tanked as Ukraine…
Myanmar junta can’t beat rebels, should restore democracy – U.S. diplomat
Read More

Myanmar junta can’t beat rebels, should restore democracy – U.S. diplomat

Author of the article: BANGKOK — Myanmar’s junta likely cannot to defeat the rebels fighting its rule and should restore democracy after seizing power last year, a senior U.S. diplomat said. “It’s hard to see today how they could realistically think they can win,” said Derek Chollet, the State Department counselor. “They’re losing territory. Their…