Washington: The Crew-3 flight of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, space company Blue Origin, which will transport the first American’s daughter to space, has been delayed until Saturday due to bad weather.
The flight – a first to carry six astronauts into space – was originally scheduled for December 9. The last two missions carried only four.
“Due to winds forecast for December 9 and 10, the New Shepard launch team has called for postponing the launch of NS-19 until December 11,” the company said in a statement Thursday.
The new liftoff is scheduled for 8:45 a.m. CST (8:15 p.m. IST) from the first launch site in West Texas.
The company said the team had completed the flight readiness review and the vehicle had “met all mission requirements for launch.”
But, “the weather remains the only trigger for the launch,” he added.
The crew will include two honored guests – Michael Strahan, co-host of “Good Morning America” ââand Laura Shepard Churchley, the eldest daughter of Alan Shepard, who was the first American to fly into space.
The others are four paying clients – space industry executive and philanthropist Dylan Taylor, investor Evan Dick, Bess Ventures founder Lane Bess and Cameron Bess. Lane and Cameron Bess will become the first parent-child couple to fly into space, the company said.
The Crew-3 mission reinforces the corporate vision of millions of people living and working in space for the benefit of Earth.
It will be New Shepard’s third human flight this year, the sixth on the program in 2021, and the 19th in its history.
Blue Origin made its second human flight into space on October 13, with Star Trek’s Captain James T. Kirk (actor William Shatner) who became the oldest man to ever travel to space, with NASA engineer Chris Boshuizen, Glen de Vries, co-founder of software company Medidata, and Audrey Powers, vice president of missions and flight operations.
On July 20, Blue Origin made its first human flight with Jeff Bezos, brother Mark Bezos, aviation pioneer Wally Funk and Blue Origin’s first customer Oliver Daemen.
In October, Bezos’ space company also announced plans to build a commercial space station called Orbital Reef by the second half of this decade.
For the project, Blue Origin partnered with spaceflight company Sierra Space, a subsidiary of Sierra Nevada Corporation, Boeing, Redwire Space, Genesis Engineering Solutions and Arizona State University.
“The station will open the next chapter in the exploration and development of human space by facilitating the growth of a dynamic ecosystem and a business model for the future,” the company said.