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Blue Origin: when and where to follow the second manned flight live | Digital Trends Spanish

Three months after its successful first manned space trip, the aerospace company Blue Origin is preparing to complete its second flight. And he will do it with a private passenger: the actor William Shatner, better known as Captain James Kirk in the saga Star Trek. Known when and where to follow the second Blue Origin manned flight.

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Blue Origin’s New Shepard spacecraft NS-18 mission will launch this Wednesday, October 13 from Launch Site 1 in West Texas. The takeoff was originally scheduled for Tuesday the 12th, but was delayed one day due to the forecast winds in the area.

William Shatner played James T. Kirk, the iconic captain of the starship USS Enterprise, in the original Star Trek series (1966-1969) and in the first seven films of the franchise.

At the age of 90, she will become the oldest person to reach space, displacing former American pilot Wally Funk, who held the record since July 2021, when she joined the inaugural crew of Blue Origin at the age of 82.

Along with Shatner, the crew also includes Audrey Powers, Vice President of Operations for Blue Origin; Australian Chris Boshuizen, co-founder of the satellite company Planet Labs; and Glen de Vries, co-founder of Medidata, a clinical research platform.

The second manned flight could become a balm for Jeff Bezos’ company, which since the July 2021 trip has faced accusations from former and current employees of privileging development over safety. In addition, it has faced a legal battle with NASA that assigned SpaceX to develop a lunar lander.

How and where to watch the launch

The crew of the second Blue Origin flight: Glen de Vries, William Shatner, Audrey Powers and Chris Boshuizen.

The launch is scheduled for 9:30 am ET (6:30 am PT) on Wednesday, October 13. However, broadcasts will begin at 8:00 am ET (5:00 am PT), so the signal will be available at the following times:

  • Argentina, Brazil and Chile: 9:00 am (start of transmissions) / 10:30 am (take off).
  • Bolivia, Venezuela: 8:00 am / 9:30 am
  • Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico and Peru: 7:00 am / 8:30 am
  • Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras: 6:00 am / 7:30 am
  • Spain: 2:00 pm / 3:30 pm

The pre-broadcast, as well as the take-off, will be available on the Blue Origin website or on the channel of Youtube from the aerospace company.

What to expect from the launch

The second manned flight should have a total duration of about 12 minutes, considering the takeoff of the reusable Blue Origin rocket and when the crew will be back on Earth.

If everything is repeated according to the original flight, the New Shepard spacecraft should separate from the booster rocket at an altitude of about 70,000 meters, at which point the crew will begin to experience zero gravity.

Four minutes after takeoff, you will exceed the Kármán line, about 100 kilometers above sea level and considered the frontier of space.

The capsule should re-enter Earth’s atmosphere five minutes after takeoff, when it will deploy a parachute to reduce the rate of descent. Ten minutes after launch, the crew should be back on Earth.

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