Blue Origin also announced the crew of its next suborbital space flight. It will feature 90-year-old Canadian actor William Shatner, best known for his role as Captain Kirk in the 1960s science fiction series Star Trek.
Shatner has been working as an actor, producer, director and screenwriter for 60 years and currently serves as a presenter and producer for the History Channel. If the flight is successful, he will be the oldest person in space.
In addition to Shatner, Dr. Chris Boshuizen (former NASA engineer and co-founder of the space company Planet Labs), Glen de Vries (co-founder of Medidata), and Audrey Powers (Blue Origin’s Vice President of Mission & Flight Operations) will fly on New Shepard.
The first New Shepard flight took place on July 20. Its crew consisted of 82-year-old pilot Wally Funk, 18-year-old Oliver Daemen, as well as the founder of Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos, and his younger brother Mark.