Blue Origin has now disclosed who will be in the cabin for the follow-up crewed launch, as well as when it will take place.
It’s been more than two months since a Blue Origin rocket launched creator Jeff Bezos, his brother Mark, aviation pioneer Wally Funk, and student Oliver Daemen into space for ten minutes.
Former NASA engineer Chris Boshuizen, co-founder of satellite imaging business Planet Labs, and Glen de Vries, an entrepreneur and executive with French software giant Dassault Systemes, will fly aboard the New Shepard’s second crewed voyage and 18th overall.
De Vries’ work has revolved around the development of software that aids in medical research, and he sees space as the next natural step for humanity.
“I’ve spent my entire career working to extend people’s lives. However, with limited materials and energy on Earth, extending our reach into space can help humanity continue to thrive.”De Vries
This is a fulfillment of my greatest childhood dream, more importantly, though, I see this flight as an opportunity to inspire students to pursue careers in STEM and catalyze the next generation of space explorers. After all, our future of life in space is in their very capable hands.Dr. Chris Boshuizen
Two other amateur astronauts will also be on board, according to Blue Origin, who will be named in the following days.
According to a Blue Origin spokesman, both Boshuizen and de Vries participated in the charity auction for a ticket on Blue Origin’s inaugural trip earlier this year.
Blue Origin said in July that the winner will be unable to join Bezos on the July 20 trip due to a schedule problem. Daemen, whose father was among the high bidders in the auction’s last round, ended up in that seat.
Blue Origin claims that neither Boshuizen nor de Vries won the auction, but that additional information about the high bidder would be released soon.
The group is slated to launch on Oct. 12 at 6:30 a.m. PT from the company’s remote West Texas launch facility (8:30 a.m. CT). When the livestream becomes accessible, we will post it here.