Published on : Wednesday, March 30, 2022
The fourth commercial flight of Blue Origin was due for liftoff on Tuesday from the launch site of the space tourism company in rural west Texas.
At 8:30 a.m. CDT (1330 GMT), Blue Origin’s New Shepard spacecraft was slated for launch with six would-be citizen astronauts strapped into the crew cabin atop the fully autonomous launch vehicle which is six stories tall, outside Van Horn, Texas.
However, Blue Origin’s first three commercial flights, had passengers “Star Trek” actor William Shatner, morning TV host Michael Strahan and even Bezos himself. But, in the fourth flight, nobody among the latest group of customers comes close to being famous.
The most common name confirmed as a non-paying promotional guest was Pete Davidson, American comedian dropped out earlier this month when the planned launch got deferred for six days from its original date to allow time for additional pre-flight tests.
Days later Blue Origin declared that Davidson, had been replaced on the latest “crew” list by veteran Gary Lai, Blue Origin designer architect of the New Shepard reusable launch system.