Jeff Bezos’ rocket company Blue Origin to send Good Morning America host to edge of space
Liftoff is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. CT on December 9 from Blue Origin’s launch facilities near the rural town of Van Horn, Texas.
This flight will mark the first time that Blue Origin will occupy all six seats of its New Shepard rocket and capsule, which is named after Alan Shepard. On the company’s two previous flights, including the July flight that sent Bezos himself into space, only four of the seats have been occupied.
This means passengers will have a little less leeway than previous customers, especially Strahan, who is six-foot-five.
Strahan spent 15 seasons in the NFL, all with the New York Giants, where he won the Super Bowl with them in 2007. He was inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame in 2014.
The flight will follow a similar profile to Shatner and Bezos before it, spending just 10 minutes above the ground.
Suborbital flights are very different from orbital flights of the type most of us think of when we think of space flights. Blue Origin’s New Shepard flights will be brief trips up and down, although they will go over 100 km above Earth, which is widely considered to be the edge of outer space.
Suborbital flights require much less power and speed. This means less time it takes the rocket to burn, lower temperatures scorching the exterior of the spacecraft, less force and compression tearing the spacecraft, and generally less chance of something going wrong.
The New Shepard capsule then deploys a large plume of parachutes to slow its descent to less than 20 miles per hour before touching the ground.
This will mark the third of what Blue Origin hopes will be many space tourism launches, transporting high net worth customers to the edge of space. This could be a line of business that helps fund other more ambitious Blue Origin space projects, including the development of a 300-foot-tall rocket powerful enough to send satellites into orbit and a lander. lunar.