Blue Origin set to launch William Shatner, 3 others to space

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Jeff Bezos ‘Blue Origin’ William Shatner – Captain Kirk himself – will fly from “Star Trek” on Wednesday for his second manned mission.

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why it matters: The launch will be another step toward proving that the company can safely launch people into suborbital space and bring them back to Earth.

description: Shatner will be joined for the flight by Blue Origin’s Audrey Powers, satellite company Planet co-founder Chris Boshuizen and Medidata co-founder Glenn de Vries.

  • Blue Origin will air that broadcast The launch will begin on Wednesday, about an hour before liftoff, which is expected at 9:30 a.m. ET.
  • The company’s first manned flight took Bezos and three others into space in July.
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how it works: Blue Origin’s New Shepard Space System is designed to bring a capsule carrying its passengers about 62 miles above Earth’s surface.

  • The capsule detaches from the rocket and the booster comes back to land.
  • People inside the capsule experience a few minutes of weightlessness before the craft lands back on Earth under a parachute for landing in Texas.

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big picture: As of Wednesday’s planned launch, major questions facing Blue Origin are how it treats its employees and how its culture may affect the security of its systems.

  • “That culture has also impacted the mental health of many of the people who made Blue Origin’s operations possible,” a Letter Stated in writing by current and former employees issued earlier this month.
  • “Senior leadership memos reveal a desire to push employees to their limits, stating that the company needs to ‘get more out of our employees’ and that employees consider it a ‘privilege to be part of history. should.”

go in: Blue Origin employees accuse the company of unfairly handling harassment allegations

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