Who Are William Shatner's Crewmates Aboard the Blue Origin Launch?

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Oct. 13, 2021, 6:01 a.m. ET

Oct. 13, 2021, 6:01 a.m. ET

By Joey Roulette

From left, Chris Boshuizen, Mr. Shatner, Audrey Powers and Glen de Vries, the unit  of the New Shepard’s 2nd  flight.
Credit...Blue Origin, via Associated Press

Three different passengers volition articulation Mr. Shatner connected Wednesday’s flight:

  • Audrey Powers, a Blue Origin vice president who oversees New Shepard formation operations; similar Mr. Shatner, she did not person to wage for her seat.

  • Chris Boshuizen, a co-founder of Planet Labs, a institution that builds tiny satellites, besides known arsenic CubeSats, that are utilized by assorted clients for monitoring Earth from orbit.

  • Glen de Vries, a main enforcement and co-founder of Medidata Solutions, a institution that built bundle for objective trials.

Fortunately for each three, none volition beryllium wearing a reddish Starfleet uniform during the flight.

Dr. Boshuizen oregon Mr. de Vries are the 2nd and 3rd paying passengers to alert connected a Blue Origin flight. The archetypal was Oliver Daemen, an 18-year-old antheral from the Netherlands. The institution has not said however overmuch immoderate of these customers paid for their seats connected the flights.

As ticket-purchasing customers, they are thing similar aboriginal investors successful an manufacture executives anticipation volition 1 time beryllium inexpensive capable for a broader swath of the nationalist to instrumentality vantage of.

Ms. Powers each but flew to abstraction connected New Shepard successful April, erstwhile she and 3 different institution executives were “stand-in astronauts” for Blue Origin’s 15th formation of the New Shepard rocket. She and her colleagues fundamentally performed a formal rehearsal for the missions with astronauts aboard. The executives went done each the motions of getting acceptable for a motorboat — climbing up the rocket tower, boarding the capsule, closing its hatch and investigating retired its communications strategy — until astir 15 minutes earlier liftoff erstwhile they exited the capsule and near the pad.

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