Blue Origin announced Monday that the next human spaceflight will take place on October 12, revealing two of the four astronauts, including the third Australian to have ever flown into space.
The Jeff Bezos-founded company will launch Dr. Chris Boshuizen, co-founder of Planet Labs and partner at venture capital firm DCVC and co-founder of Medidata, Glen de Vries, on the New Shepard rocket.
In an email obtained by DailyMail.com, the company said the other two astronauts would be announced “in the coming days,” though speculation mounted last week when legendary Star Trek actor William Shatner reportedly joined the crew would join.
Blue Origin announced Monday that the next manned spaceflight will take place on October 12. The New Shepard rocket launch is currently targeting 8:30 a.m. CDT from Launch Site One in West Texas
One of the astronauts who will be on board is Dr Chris Boshuizen, co-founder of Planet Labs and current partner at venture capital firm DCVC.
The New Shepard rocket launch is currently targeted at 8:30 a.m. CDT / 1:30 p.m. UTC from Launch Site One in West Texas.
Planet Labs, co-founded by Boshuizen in 2010, was the first company to make ‘commercial use of nanosatellites’, also known as cube satellites or CubeSats.
Boshuizen, which a estimated net worth approaching $30 million, he was also the Space Mission Architect at NASA’s Ames Research Center between 2008 and 2012, after inventing the Phonesat, a satellite built on the basis of a smartphone.
“This is a fulfillment of my greatest childhood dream,” said Dr Boshuizen in a statement.
But more importantly, I see this flight as an opportunity to inspire students to pursue careers in STEM and catalyze the next generation of space explorers. After all, our future of life in space is in their very capable hands.’
Boshuizen applied to the Australian Defense Force Academy at the age of 17, but was rejected because he was partially color blind, Space News Reports.
The only other astronauts from Australia are Paul Scully-Power and Andy Thomas.
Mr De Vries, 48, co-founder of Mediadata Solutions in 1999, said the site on the New Shepard is a ‘dream come true’
Mr De Vries, 48, co-founder of Mediadata Solutions in 1999, said the site on the New Shepard is a ‘dream come true’.
“I’ve worked my entire career to extend people’s lives,” De Vries said in a statement.
“However, with limited materials and energy on Earth, expanding our reach into space could help humanity continue to thrive.”
He continued: “Playing a part in advancing the space industry and one day making those resources and that understanding available to everyone is an incredible opportunity. I have been passionate about aviation and space travel for as long as I can remember, so this flight is truly a dream come true.”
Shatner, 90, was reportedly part of a documentary of the 15-minute civilian flight, according to TMZ.
Actor William Shatner may be one of the other two astronauts on the run, scheduled to take off from Launch Site One in West Texas
Pictured from left to right: Dutch teenager Oliver Daemen, Mark Bark Bezos, Jeff Bezos and Wally Funkd. Blue Origin’s first flight took place on July 20
On Blue Origin’s maiden flight, which took place on July 20, Bezos, his brother Mark, Dutch teenager Oliver Daemen and test pilot Wally Funk went into space.
Funk became the oldest person to ever fly to space at the age of 82.
At age 18, Daemen became the youngest person, the first teenager and the first person born in the 21st century to travel to space.
Olver’s father, Joes Daemen, who founded private equity firm Somerset Capital Partners, bought the seat aboard the flight for more than $20 million at auction.