Star Trek star reaches space on top of Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket

Blue Origin launched their second human spaceflight today, marking the fifth New Shepard launch this year. On this flight of New Shepard, it carried a very special guest.

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Live Blog: Blue Origin launching second crew of four to space on New Shepard

Blue Origin is preparing to launch NS-18 from their West Texas facility with a crew of four on Wednesday. NS-18 will be the company’s second crewed flight, with the most notable member being William Shatner, the original Captain Kirk from Star Trek. The launch will be a short hop above 100 km to give the crew about 4 minutes of weightlessness. Check below for updates on the launch of NS-18.

Date: Wednesday, October 13 at 10:50 a.m. EDT

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How to watch William Shatner and the NS-18 crew launch to space

Blue Origin is preparing to launch William Shatner and three more crew members to space Wednesday; here is how to watch NS-18.

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William Shatner confirmed as third passenger on Blue Origin’s next New Shepard launch

Blue Origin is preparing to launch their second crewed New Shepard in less than ten days. After a TMZ report stated he had a ticket, Blue Origin confirms Star Trek actor William Shatner will be on this next flight.

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Jeff Bezos’ New Shepard flight broke four world records, and now it’s Guinness official

Jeff Bezos launched into space on a New Shepard rocket back in July. That was a record-breaking flight in multiple regards, but now Guinness World Records made it official.

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Blue Origin announces next customers launching to space on New Shepard

On Monday Blue Origin announced some details of its 18th New Shepherd flight, NS-18, including two crew members who will be aboard. The mission is set to blast off October 12 as Blue Origin’s second human flight, following Jeff Bezos’ trip to space back in July.

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Blue Origin launches their 17th New Shepard mission

After the successful first crewed flight last month, Blue Origin launched 17th New Shepard mission full of scietific payloads for NASA and other researchers.

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[Update: New target] Blue Origin targeting next New Shepard mission with NASA tech and art installation on Wednesday

Update: Blue Origin is pushing back the mission target by 24 hours.

Blue Origin has announced its next New Shepard rocket mission called NS-17 will take place on Wednesday, August 25. The mission carrying NASA technology and a special art installation will be an uncrewed spaceflight following founder Jeff Bezos’ trip to space on NS-16.

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Top stories this week: Blue Origin fly oldest and youngest humans, Falcon Heavy to launch Europa Clipper, and more

This week, the focus has been on Blue Origin. On Tuesday, they completed the first crewed flight of New Shepard, flying the oldest and youngest person to ever visit space.

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Skittles announce new Zero-G candy in celebration of their flight to space on Blue Origin’s New Shepard

Update: Skittles will not be selling these in stores but rather giving a select few away on their social media platforms.


Along with the fancy watches, sapphire dotted wings, and national media attention, the crew of Blue Origin’s NS-16 flight also carried some Skittles with them to space. Now the company will give away a number of limited-edition Skittles Zero-G pack of the candies on their social media channels.

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Blue Origin launches youngest and oldest humans to space alongside Jeff and Mark Bezos

It has been over a month since Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos announced he was flying to space. After decades of development, and many test flights of the New Shepard rocket, the day finally arrived.

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Live Blog: Blue Origin’s first crewed New Shepard flight

This morning Blue Origin is planning their first crewed flight of their suborbital New Shepard rocket. The crew will be Jeff Bezos, Mark Bezos, legendary aviator Wally Funk, and early ticket holder Oliver Daemen.

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Blue Origin announces 4th crewmember to join NS-16, an 18 year old

Update: Blue Origin spoke with CNBC about the reasoning for Daemen’s selection.


Blue Origin announced today that the fourth member of the NS-16 crew will be an 18-year-old from the Netherlands who bought a ticket on the New Shepard rocket.

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[Update: Texas DoT statement] How to watch Blue Origin fly Jeff Bezos to space, and where you can’t

On July 20th Blue Origin will attempt to launch their founder and a group of explorers to the edge of space with their first crewed mission. Blue shared details on where and when to watch the flight, but the public will be pushed far away.

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Blue Origin announces notable crewmember to join Jeff Bezos on upcoming New Shepard launch

Today Jeff Bezos announced that Blue Origin has picked Wally Funk to join the crew that will fly on New Shepard’s first crewed flight. The legendary aviator, now 84 years old, has done everything except finally receive her chance to fly to space.

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Jeff Bezos is flying his rocket to space, and over 100K people are asking him to stay there

Jeff Bezos is just a few weeks away from being among the first humans to leave Earth in his New Shepard rocket, and a growing number of people are hoping he won’t be allowed back.

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$28 million bid wins auction for flight to space on Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket

Today, Blue Origin held the final live auction for a seat on the first crewed launch of their launch vehicle, New Shepard.

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[Update: Highest bid at $4.8 million] Blue Origin’s first seat bidding hits over $2 million

Beginning of this month Blue Origin announced an auction for the first seat on their New Shepard flight in July. Today marked the ending of blind bidding and the minimum price for the seat has been announced, and it’s a lot.

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Jeff Bezos will join Blue Origin’s first crewed flight alongside his brother

Blue Origin is gearing up to launch their first crewed New Shepard rocket in July and we now have the first two confirmed passengers, which some of you probably saw coming.

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Can you make it as a Blue Origin Astronaut?

Blue Origin released details on the requirements their astronauts will need to fly their New Shepard rocket. Do you have what it takes to fly on the first crewed flight this July?

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Blue Origin to auction off first New Shepard seat to the highest bidder

Over the last year, many have thought about when will Blue Origin finish testing their New Shephard rocket and finally launch their first crewed flight. Well, the wait is finally over.

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Blue Origin says ‘It’s Time’ for first flight ticket sales

The secret company from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos shared a video this morning to announce you have a chance to buy a ticket on their first crewed New Shepard flight.

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Blue Origin preparing ‘astronaut rehearsal’ launch this Wednesday

Blue Origin announced this weekend that they will attempt to launch their 15th New Shepard flight later this week. This marks the second flight for New Shephard this year following the January flight of Blue’s 4th vehicle, the first built for future crewed flights.

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Blue Origin gearing up for second flight of 2021 and possibly first crewed flight

Still in the afterglow of Blue Origin’s 14th flight of its New Shepard rocket, Jeff Bezos’ space tourism venture is planning another suborbital rocket launch to keep the momentum going in 2021. According to reports, these next missions could be some of the biggest in the company’s history.

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Watch Blue Origin launch its New Shepard NS-14 mission with ‘Mannequin Skywalker’ onboard

Blue Origin is launching a New Shepard rocket for its NS-14 mission from West Texas today at 11:57 a.m. EST (16:57 UTC). NS-14 is the first mission for Jeff Bezos’ rocket company in 2021 and only the third New Shepard mission in the last 13 months.

In the future, Blue Origin plans to fly passengers on the New Shepard vehicle. The suborbital rocket travels to the Karman line that defines space then lands near the launch site. Passengers will see the planet from space and experience zero gravity for a few magical minutes before returning to the surface of Earth.

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[Update: Launch Day!] Source: Blue Origin targeting September for 1st New Shepard sub-orbital flight of 2020

October 13: Launch day has arrived! Tune in below!

October 12: Launch attempt now set for October 13 at 9:35 a.m. ET.

September 24: Launch scrubbed due to power supply issue.

September 22: Now official for September 24 at 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT.

September 18: Space Explored has learned that Blue Origin is targeting Wednesday, September 23, for this launch. The suborbital flight test will also include NASA technology to enable precision landing without a pilot, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine revealed on Friday, September 18. This autonomous landing tech is intended for use for a lunar landing system. Original story from August 10, 2020 below.


Blue Origin, the rocket company created by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, appears to be planning its first sub-orbital flight of 2020. Space Explored has learned that Blue Origin is planning to attempt the 13th launch of its New Shepard vehicle in September.

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Blue Origin launches New Glenn and New Shepard merch store

Blue Origin is not the most public-facing rocket company on the planet.

Try to take a close-up shot of the front of Blue Origin’s Orbital Launch System manufacturing facility in Florida, and a very friendly security guard will insist that you immediately exit the parking lot.

This doesn’t deter space fans from closely following the rocket company founded by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

Starting today, Blue Origin is taking a cue from the billionaire’s other company and launching an online store.

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Blue Origin completes 7 meter fairing for giant New Glenn rocket, New Shepard testing continues

Blue Origin announced the completion of its 7 meter fairing for New Glenn today with two behind-the-scenes videos.

Blue Origin isn’t just working on New Glenn, a giant rocket with double the usable volume of existing rockets.

The Jeff Bezos-owned space company is testing its New Shepard with a goal of taking paying customers to space. Blue Origin CEO Bob Smith said this to Miriam Kramer at Axios today regarding that mission:

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