Blue Origin launches NS-19

12. 12. 2021 0 By Space Seeker

Blue Origin launched a crew of six people on board a New Shepard rocket on Saturday, December 11 from the West Texas facility. The two previous human missions NS-16 and NS-18 only launched with four people and this was the first time New Shepard launched six people to suborbital space. The liftoff occurred at 9:01 am CST at the launch site or 15:01 UTC.

This flight was the third crewed spaceflight for Blue Origin and was performed by capsule RSS First Step which is the same capsule as on the first two flights.

NS-19 crew:

  • Laura Shepard Churchley: daughter of Alan Shepard, the first American to reach space and the namesake of the New Shepard rocket
  • Michael Strahan: former American football player and host of Good Morning America
  • Dylan Taylor: CEO and Chairman of Voyager Space Holdings
  • Evan Dick: engineer, investor and managing Member of Dick Holdings, LLC
  • Lane Bess: Lane is the owner of the technology fund Bess Ventures and Advisory
  • Cameron Bess: content creator who studied Computer Science and Game Design
Photo by Blue Origin