Blue Origin Announces Another Human Theft; 4 astronauts will fly to New Shepard on October 12



Blue Origin, led by Jeff Bezos, announced New Shepard’s 18th mission on Monday. The NS-18 will take off on Tuesday, October 12, carrying four astronauts into space and behind.

Dr Chris Boshuizen, former NASA engineer and co-founder of Planet Labs, and Glen de Vries, vice president, Life Sciences and Healthcare, Dassault Systèmes and co-founder, Medidata are among the four astronauts. The company said two more astronauts will be announced in the coming days.

Boshuizen co-founded Planet Labs (Planet) in 2010 and was CTO for five years. Under his technical leadership, Planet became the first company to commercially use nanosatellites.

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From 2008 to 2012, Boshuizen was a space mission architect at NASA’s Ames Research Center, where he co-invented the NASA Phonesat, a free-flying orbital satellite built from an ordinary smartphone.

Glen de Vries co-founded Medidata Solutions in 1999, the world’s most widely used clinical research platform. The company’s software has fueled more than 25,000 clinical trials with more than seven million patients in all therapeutic areas, from vaccines to cancers and rare diseases.

“Live launch coverage begins on at T-60 minutes. Liftoff is currently scheduled for 8:30 am CDT / 1:30 pm UTC from Launch Site One in West Texas,” a statement said.

Thousands of postcards from Blue Origin’s foundation, Club for the Future, will also be on board the NS-18, the company said.

The flight follows Blue Origin’s first successful human flight on July 20, which included Jeff Bezos, his brother Mark Bezos, aviation pioneer Wally Funk and Blue Origin’s first customer Oliver Daemen.

The race for space travel is intensifying day by day. The announcement by Blue Origin comes less than 10 days after billionaire Elon Musk SpaceX launched the company’s first fully civilian crew into orbit aboard the SpaceX rocket on September 16.

The crew included members led by chief executive of financial services firm Shift4 Payments, Jared Isaacman, and three of his teammates – Sian Proctor, 51, Hayley Arceneaux, 29, and Chris Sembroski, 42.

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