Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin on Tuesday introduced the crew of its Dec. 9 launch, which can carry “Good Morning America” co-anchor and former New York Big Michael Strahan in addition to 5 others previous the environment.
Strahan and Laura Shepard Churchley, the eldest daughter of Alan Shepard, who was the primary American to fly to area, are each invited visitors on the flight, Blue Origin stated in an announcement.
4 others are paying for his or her seats, although Blue Origin didn’t disclose how a lot they paid.
The 4 clients embody enterprise capitalist Lane Bess and his son, Cameron, in addition to deep-pocketed investor Evan Dick. Angel investor and CEO of Voyager Area, Dylan Taylor, can be paying for a seat on the flight.
“Lane and Cameron Bess will change into the primary parent-child pair to fly in area,” Blue Origin stated in a launch.
It’s the primary time Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket will carry six astronauts to area, working at full capability.
It’s the rocket’s third crewed flight to area this yr.
In July, the rocket’s first crewed flight to area carried founder Jeff Bezos to area — making the Amazon founder the world’s wealthiest astronaut, at the same time as he misplaced his title as world’s wealthiest man to Tesla CEO Elon Musk.
Bezos was joined by his brother Mark and Oliver Daemen, an 18-year-old current highschool graduate from the Netherlands, in addition to 82-year-old area pioneer Wally Funk — who made historical past turning into the oldest lady to ever soar into area.
Blue Origin’s flights final about 10 minutes as they soar simply past an altitude of 66 miles.
Regardless of Blue Origin’s current high-profile launches, the corporate has been mired in controversy ever since a bunch of 21 former and present workers accused the corporate of fostering a “poisonous” and sexist work setting that’s even pushed some workers into having suicidal ideas.
Notably, one of many few named former workers from that group, Alexandra Abrams, appeared on “Good Morning America” rival “CBS Mornings” for her first interview concerning the allegations.