Update: Blue Origin successfully launched its second crewed flight with four passengers aboard, including the actor who famously played Captain Kirk in the original "Star Trek." Read our full story here.
Jeff Bezos' private spaceflight company Blue Origin will launch its second crewed space mission with William Shatner on Wednesday (Oct. 13).
After a 24-hour delay due to high winds at Blue Origin's launch site near Van Horn, Texas, the New Shepard rocket is now scheduled to lift off at 10 a.m. EDT (9 a.m. local time; 1400 GMT), Blue Origin announced on Tuesday (Oct. 12).
This new targeted launch time is 30 minutes later than Blue Origin had originally planned to launch. "The shift in launch target is due to forecasted winds at vehicle rollout," Blue Origin officials said in a statement Tuesday. "Weather currently looks good for launch."
The 11-minute flight will launch Shatner and three crewmates above the 62-mile (100 kilometers) Kármán line, which is an internationally recognized boundary of space.
After a few minutes of weightlessness, the New Shepard capsule will return to Earth, capping the mission with a parachute-assisted landing at Blue Origin's West Texas facility. The New Shepard rocket will separate from the capsule before the crew reaches their maximum altitude, and it will touch down separately a few minutes before the capsule.
Blue Origin will provide a live broadcast of the launch and landing beginning about 90 minutes before liftoff, or 8:30 a.m. EDT (1230 GMT) if the mission remains on schedule.
|Time (CDT)||T +/-||Event|
|7:30 a.m.||T-90 minutes||Webcast begins|
|8:15 a.m.||T-45 minutes||Crew leaves the Astronaut Training Center|
|8:35 a.m.||T-35 minutes||Crew ascends the launch tower|
|8:36 a.m.||T-24 minutes||Hatch closed|
|9:08 a.m.||T+8 minutes||New Shepard booster lands|
|9:11 a.m.||T+11 minutes||Crew lands|
|9:22 a.m.||T+22 minutes||Hatch opens|
|9:30 a.m.||T+30 minutes||Webcast ends|