Blue Origin prepares to launch a space crew that will mark a milestone for Portugal and Egypt

Blue Origin reveals its latest crew list, scheduled for release on August 4. (Photo by Blue Origin)

To update: Jeff Bezos’ space company Blue Origin says it aims to launch its next suborbital space mission on August 4, sending a six-person crew that includes the first Egyptian and Portuguese space fliers.

Liftoff will take place at Blue Origin’s launch site one in West Texas, during a launch window that opens at 8:30 a.m. CT (6:30 a.m. PT) next Thursday. The countdown, launch and landing will be webcast via the Blue Origin website starting in T-minus-30 minutes.

Technical issues or weather concerns could force launch delays. Keep tabs on Blue Origin Twitter account for updates

Previously: Blue Origin still has some final frontier firsts up its sleeve: The company says its next manned suborbital flight will send the first space planes to come from Egypt and Portugal.

The crew of Blue Origin’s sixth manned mission, which is known as NS-22 because it is the 22nd flight overall, including unmanned flights, will also include a co-founder of sports and entertainment video company Dude Perfect, a British-American mountain climber, self-driving car pioneer, and former telecommunications executive.

The July 22 announcement of the NS-22 lineup came a year and two days after Blue Origin’s first manned flight, which sent Bezos and three others over the 100-kilometer Karman Line. That altitude marks the internationally accepted limit of outer space.

The flight plan for NS-22 follows the pattern established by previous missions: the crew will lift off from Blue Origin Launch Site One in West Texas aboard a reusable New Shepard rocket and experience a few minutes of weightlessness before descending. in parachutes. assisted landing in the middle of the grasslands surrounding the launch site.

Blue Origin hasn’t said how much its customers pay to fly, but a report suggests the fee for one of the crew members is in the range of $1.25 million.

Here’s a quick rundown of the lineup, in alphabetical order:

Cobi Cotton He is one of the five co-founders of Dude Perfect. His seat is sponsored by MoonDAO, a crypto-centric collective that aims to decentralize access to space research and exploration. The members voted for Cotton to represent them on this flight. MoonDAO is said to have transferred $2.575 million in cryptocurrency to pay for two New Shepard seats.

mario ferreira is a Portuguese businessman, investor and president of Pluris Investments, a business group that includes more than 40 companies related to tourism, media, real estate, insurance and renewable energy. Several Portuguese citizens are vying to join the European Space Agency’s astronaut corps, but Blue Origin says Ferreira would be the first person from Portugal to cross the space frontier.

Vanessa O’Brien is a British-American explorer and former bank executive. Blue Origin says her flight into space would make her the first woman to complete the “Extreme Explorers Trifecta,” which also includes climbing Everest and diving into Challenger Deep. (Private equity investor Victor Vescovo ended the Trifecta with a New Shepard spaceflight in June.)

clint kelly iii he started the Autonomous Ground Vehicle Project in 1984 while working at the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, and is credited with starting the development of the technology base that leads to today’s driverless cars.

sarah sabry is an Egyptian mechanical and biomedical engineer, and the founder of the Deep Space Initiative, a nonprofit group that aims to increase accessibility for space research. She became Egypt’s first female analog astronaut in 2021 after completing a simulated lunar mission in Poland. Sabry is the second citizen space traveler sponsored by Space for Humanity, a nonprofit group that paid for native Mexican Katya Echazarreta to travel to New Shepard in June.

young steve is the former CEO of Young’s Communications LLC (Y-COM), which was the largest telecommunications contractor in the state of Florida under his leadership. Y-COM was acquired by Grain Management last year. Young also owns Pineapples, a restaurant in Melbourne on Florida’s Space Coast.

This is an updated version of a report that was first published at 7 pm on July 22.

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