The party ‘s New Shepard spacecraft will send GMA host and former NFL star Michael Strahan and five other people to suborbital quad on the mission, which is known as NS-19. Live updates: Michael Strahan ‘s Blue Origin Launch on New Shepard Liftoff is targeted for 9:45 a.m. EDT (1445 GMT) on Saturday, though that could change due to weather or technical issues. You can watch the action via BlueOrigin.com and here at Space.com, if possible. Blue Origin ‘s bouncy webcast is scheduled to begin at 8:15 a.m. EDT (1315 GMT). The company besides plans mission updates through @ BlueOrigin on Twitter.
If by missions are any indication, Blue Origin will besides hold a press conference post-flight, which Space.com will besides put on our web site if potential. NS-19 will be the beginning mission that fills all six seats on the New Shepard spacecraft. ( The previous two crew flights each sent four people up and back ). Below is a list of the early people in the crew besides Strahan. More: Blue Origin ‘s establish with GMA anchor Michael Strahan explained
- Laura Shepard Churchley, 74, the eldest daughter of NASA astronaut Alan Shepard. Shepard was the first NASA astronaut to fly in space, and the New Shepard spacecraft is named after him.
- Dylan Taylor, 51, chairman and CEO of the space exploration firm Voyager Space, founder of the nonprofit Space for Humanity, and co-founding patron of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation.
- Evan Dick, age not disclosed, an engineer and investor who is a volunteer pilot for Starfighters Aerospace.
- Lane Bess, age not disclosed, principal and founder of a technology-focused venture fund called Bess Ventures and Advisory.
- Cameron Bess, age not disclosed, who is a child of Lane. They stream variety content on Twitch under the alias MeepsKitten.
Strahan and Churchley are flying as guests of Blue Origin, just as “ Mercury 13 ” navigate Wally Funk and “ Star Trek ” actor William Shatner did on the first and second base New Shepard crewed flights, respectively. The early four passengers are paying for their seats ; Blue Origin has not even publicly disclosed a price for customers.
A distinctive 11-minute flight on Blue Origin sees the rocket launching and land autonomously, with the spacecraft besides flying autonomously and landing under parachutes minutes after the rocket. Crew members will fly far above the Kármán line, an internationally recognized boundary of space that lies 62 miles ( 100 kilometers ) above Earth ‘s come on. New Shepard has performed 18 flights prior to go steady, but most of those former efforts were uncrewed tests or cargo research flights. Blue Origin is still recruiting customers uncoerced to pay for experiments in microgravity, along with super-rich tourists who can pay for a ride to suborbital space. Follow Elizabeth Howell on Twitter @ howellspace. Follow us on Twitter @ Spacedotcom or on Facebook .