The “Captain Kirk” actor William Shatner really flies into space today: a rocket from Blue Origin brings him and three other people into weightlessness. The live ticker.
- Actor William Shatner (90, “Captain Kirk”) flies into space with a Blue Origin rocket today
- The start is delayed and should take place around 4.31 p.m. (CEST), the flight will take about eleven minutes
- Follow William Shatner’s launch into space in the live ticker
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+++ 4.35 p.m .: The tower crew has left the missile and is heading back to Mission Control. The “hold” is canceled, there are still 15 minutes until the rocket starts.
+++ 4.30 p.m .: The countdown has been in a “hold” again for more than 10 minutes. The rocket launch with William Shatner on board is delayed again, when it will start is currently unclear. Meanwhile, the four crew members are already seated in the space capsule and waiting.
+++ 4.20 p.m .: The countdown is stopped again, it is now exactly 15 minutes. The control center uses the time to transmit a “special message” to the astronauts by radio. Messages from the first Blue Origin astronauts are read out to them.
+++ 16.16 p.m .: “Everything in the capsule was designed for the human space travel experience,” says Blue Origin’s livestream. That is why the astronauts do not have to wear helmets, for example, and can therefore enjoy the full view.
+++ 4.15 p.m .: Of course, Jeff Bezos does not fly himself – he closes the capsule hatch from the outside. Surely he can best understand how the four future space travelers are now inside the capsule, what thoughts go through their heads.
+++ 16.11 p.m .: Now a “comm check” takes place, the radio communication is checked. Everything works, it starts in 19 minutes.
Live ticker: William Shatner and crew fly into space – Jeff Bezos stays on earth
+++ 4.10 p.m .: All four astronauts are now on board and buckled up. But they still have to be patient for a few minutes: at around 4:31 pm the “New Shepard” rocket from Blue Origin should take off.
+++ 4:05 p.m .: Captain Kirk is on board. Actor William Shatner has entered the capsule. The rocket is scheduled to launch in around 25 minutes.
+++ 4:04 p.m .: Jeff Bezos insists on accompanying the crew to the capsule “RSS First Step”. Will he join you? At least that’s not planned.
Live ticker: William Shatner flies into space: space tourism with Blue Origin
+++ 4:01 p.m .: The astronauts are preparing to board the crew capsule. Only a bridge separates them from the capsule with which they fly into space.
+++ 15.58 p.m .: The crew of the Blue Origin NS-18 mission are currently climbing numerous steps to reach the space capsule with which they will fly into space.
+++ 3:50 p.m .: The astronauts are now on their way to the launch tower, via which they will reach the capsule at the head of the rocket.
Space tourism: William Shatner’s rocket launch delayed – countdown continues
+++ 3.47 p.m .: The countdown continues, in 44 minutes the rocket is due to launch with William Shatner and three other crew members.
+++ 3.41 p.m .: The countdown has been paused for 25 minutes. Make sure “that our rocket is ready to fly into space and back today,” explains the livestream host.
+++ 3.35 p.m .: The countdown is currently in a so-called “hold”, that is, it was paused while little things still have to be done on the rocket, as it was said in the Blue Origin live stream. When the “hold” is released, the countdown continues for 45 minutes.
William Shatner and his crew are waiting for the flight into space – live ticker
+++ 3:20 p.m .: The four future astronauts: Inside have a prominent chauffeur from the astronaut center to the rocket: Jeff Bezos is at the wheel, just like today’s crew, dressed in a blue suit that he himself flew into space in July.
+++ 3.15 p.m .: Today only four people will take a seat in the capsule called “First Step” and fly into space – just like on the first manned flight in July 2021. But actually up to six astronauts fit inside. There is 15 cubic meters of space in the capsule, and according to Blue Origin there are also the “largest windows in space”.
Live ticker: William Shatner and crew fly into space with Blue Origin
+++ 3:05 p.m .: Blue Origin’s “New Shepard” rocket was named after the first astronaut Alan Shepard, who was the first American to fly into space – just like today’s flight, its flight was suborbital, meaning it did not enter Earth orbit. This is what distinguishes the space tourism missions of Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic from the missions of SpaceX: Elon Musk’s company has sent its first four tourists into orbit (and has no rockets for suborbital flights).
+++ 14.56 p.m .: According to Blue Origin, the updated schedule for the near future is as follows: 44 minutes before the start, there will be the “go” for the astronauts to get on board. They drive to the launch site 40 minutes before take-off and get on 31 minutes before take-off; the capsule’s hatch is closed 29 minutes before take-off.
Live ticker: Into space – actor William Shatner gets into a rocket from Blue Origin
+++ 14.52 p.m .: The future astronauts completed a short astronaut training course before the start. The crew is currently at the astronaut center, waiting for take-off.
+++ 2.36 p.m .: It’s the story of the day: Captain Kirk flies really into space. In the live stream of Blue Origin, a presenter emphasizes how important this is for many: Many in the industry have been inspired by series such as Star Trek to go into the space industry – and now Captain Kirk is flying into space. But there will be more people on board: the Blue Origin employee Audrey Powers, the former NASA engineer Chris Boshuizen and the entrepreneur Glen de Vries. While the passenger William Shatner is likely to be a PR coup for Blue Origin, Boshuizen and de Vries are paying customers. What they paid for their seat in the Blue Origin space capsule is not known.
Space tourism in the live ticker: William Shatner flies into space with Blue Origin
+++ 2.00 p.m .: Today is the day that Captain Kirk flies into space for the first time. Of course, I don’t really mean Captain Kirk, but the actor behind the role, William Shatner. It is supposed to start around 4 p.m. in the desert in western Texas, but first the “New Shepard” rocket from Blue Origin has to be deployed.
That has now happened, as Blue Origin explained on Twitter. The rocket is currently being prepared for launch. Three quarters of an hour before take-off (i.e. at 3.15 p.m.) the crew should leave the astronaut center and head to the launch tower, via which the four-person crew around William Shatner will climb the capsule at the head of the rocket.
Live today: William Shatner flies into space with Blue Origin – space tourism à la Jeff Bezos
First report from Wednesday, October 13th, 2021: Van Horn – As Captain James T. Kirk, Canadian actor William Shatner takes his crew to “where no one has been before” in the series “Star Trek”. Now he has similar plans – but in reality. William Shatner, who is now 90 years old, will be shot by Blue Origin’s “New Shepard” rocket to a height where not too many people have actually been: above the Kármán Line. This imaginary line at a height of 100 kilometers is the internationally recognized boundary to space.
579 people has the Space travel* so far brought across the border into space, lists the Wikipedia as of October 5, 2021. Today (October 13, 2021) four more people will join. In addition to actor William Shatner, Blue Origin employees will be Audrey Powers, the former NASA-Engineer * Chris Boshuizen and the entrepreneurs Glen de Vries will be on board the space capsule. It is the second flight of the Blue Origin rocket with people on board – the first flight on July 20, 2021 included Blue Origin and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, his brother Mark, flight pioneer Wally Funk and student Oliver Daemen on board.
“Captain Kirk”: Actor William Shatner flies into space with Blue Origin – live ticker
The Guiness Book of Records has now entered four world records for the first flight:
- Oldest person in space: Wally Funk (82 years and 169 days)
- Youngest person in space: Oliver Daemen (18 years and 334 days)
- First siblings to be in Wetall at the same time: Jeff and Mark Bezos
- First suborbital spaceship to transport paying customers: Blue Origins New Shepard RSS First Step
Today’s flight into space will break one of these records again: At 90 years of age, “Captain Kirk” actor William Shatner will become the oldest person in space.
“Captain Kirk” actor William Shatner: About three minutes of weightlessness
William Shatner and Co.’s flight into space will only be short. A flight with Blue Origin takes about eleven minutes – including about three minutes of weightlessness and magnificent views of the earth. The estimated schedule:
|Minutes before the start (4:00 p.m.)||activity|
|T-45 minutes (3:15 p.m.)||Crew leaves the training center|
|T-35 minutes (3:25 p.m.)||Crew climbs the launch tower|
|T-24 minutes (3:36 p.m.)||The hatch of the capsule is closed|
|T-0 minutes (4:00 p.m.)||Rocket launch|
|T + 8 minutes (4:08 p.m.)||The rocket booster lands|
|T + 11 minutes (4:11 p.m.)||Capsule with the astronaut: lands inside|
|T + 22 minutes (4:22 p.m.)||The hatch capsule is opened|
In the live ticker: Blue Origin by Jeff Bezos flies “Captain Kirk” into space
About eight minutes after the launch of the Blue Origin rocket “New Shepard”, the rocket will land again on Earth. About eleven minutes after take-off, the capsule with the astronauts is also supposed to land safely inside the desert of West Texas, before it is slowed down by several parachutes. The hatch of the space capsule is to be opened 22 minutes after take-off. Incidentally, he does not see himself as an astronaut, wrote William Shatner on Twitter. “I just have to sit and look – at least I think so”. So he is “more of a kind of space viewer.”
For the second time, a Blue Origin rocket takes off with a space tourist on board, and Virgin Galactic and Richard Branson have already transported tourists into space once. And SpaceX * by Elon Musk * is also involved in the business: The company has the same let four lay people circle the earth alone in a space capsule for three days*. But also Criticism of space tourism* Will be loud. Business is seen as wasteful and useless when there are numerous problems to be solved on earth. There is also criticism of Blue Origin by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. Last former employees published an open letter* and gave, among other things, an insight into the corporate culture. (tab) * fr.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA.