Crew members depart Blue Origin’s New Shepard capsule after its successful landing by parachutes June 4 in West Texas following a 10-minute flight into space. COURTESY PHOTO, Blue Origin

Crew members depart Blue Origin’s New Shepard capsule after its successful landing by parachutes June 4 in West Texas following a 10-minute flight into space. COURTESY PHOTO, Blue Origin

Kent-based Blue Origin completes fifth human spaceflight

Six-member crew launched from West Texas on June 4 for 10-minute flight

Kent-based Blue Origin successfully completed its fifth human spaceflight and 21st flight for the New Shepard program.

The six-member crew took the approximately 10-minute flight on June 4 that goes up 62 miles and reaches speeds of about 2,230 mph from Blue Origin’s launch site in West Texas.

“It was an honor to fly this special crew of explorers and true pioneers today,” said Phil Joyce, New Shepard senior vice president in a Blue Origin email. “Thank you to the entire New Shepard team for your tireless work and dedication to this program.

“Each mission is an opportunity to provide another six people the life-changing experience of witnessing the beauty and fragility of our planet from space. It’s one step in realizing our vision of millions of people living and working in space for the benefit of Earth.”

The crew included:

• Evan Dick, investor and NS-19 astronaut on Dec. 11, 2021

• Katya Echazarreta, business jet pilot

Her seat was sponsored by Space for Humanity, a nonprofit whose mission is to expand access to space for all of humanity.

• Hamish Harding, Action Aviation chairman

• Victor Correa Hespanha, civil production engineer from Brazil

His seat was sponsored by the Crypto Space Agency, whose mission is to combine the space industry’s technology with the innovation and financial power of the crypto markets to accelerate humankind’s off-world future.

• Jaison Robinson, adventurer and Dream Variation Ventures co-founder

• Victor Vescovo, co-founder of private equity investment firm Insight Equity

Blue Origin, started by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos in 2020 in Kent, offers paid seats on the flights. The company does not release how much people pay for the flights.

This flight was delayed from May 20 because during the final vehicle checkouts, staff observed one of New Shepard’s back-up systems was not meeting expectations for performance, according to a company spokesperson.


Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@kentreporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.kentreporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

More in Business

t
Christie Nelson new leader of John L. Scott office that serves Kent

Office also handles Covington and Maple Valley with 60 brokers

t
Kent-based Blue Origin’s seventh human flight set for May 19

New Shepard-25 will launch from West Texas

t
City of Kent again looking for new tenant at Riverbend restaurant

City terminates lease with Half Lion Public House, which had hoped to reopen at golf complex

t
Kent-based Blue Origin announces crew for next space flight

6 members to include former Air Force captain selected in 1961 as first Black astronaut candidate

t
Kent man among 40 Under 40 honorees by Puget Sound Business Journal

Andy Song, 33, works as chief operating officer at Kids and Family Counseling

Black Press Media operates Sound Publishing, the largest community news organization in Washington State with dailies and community news outlets in Alaska.
Black Press Media concludes transition of ownership

Black Press Media, which operates Sound Publishing, completed its sale Monday (March 25), following the formerly announced corporate restructuring.

t
Kent Police to host Business Crime Prevention Summit

Meeting set for Thursday, April 25 at the accesso ShoWare Center

t
Owner, manager of Kent Subway illegally took employees’ tips

One of 10 Subway locations in state investigated by U.S. Department of Labor

t
New Kent international market holds grand opening on West Hill

Queen Safa Market and Deli open at 23424 on Pacific Highway S.

File photo
Boeing has 90 days to create comprehensive action plan, says FAA

The FAA continues its investigation into the flight that depressurized because of a door malfunction

t
Curry Pizza House opens first Washington location in Kent

Restaurant on the East Hill along 104th Avenue SE