Evan Dick will take his second flight to space with Blue Origin on May 20. He also flew on the Dec. 11, 2021 mission. COURTESY PHOTO, Blue Origin

Evan Dick will take his second flight to space with Blue Origin on May 20. He also flew on the Dec. 11, 2021 mission. COURTESY PHOTO, Blue Origin

Kent-based Blue Origin’s fifth human space flight set for May 20

New Shepard rocket will have six-person crew

Kent-based Blue Origin announced its fifth human flight, NS-21, will lift off from Launch Site One on Friday, May 20 in West Texas.

The launch window opens at 6:30 a.m. CDT. The webcast will start at T-60 minutes on BlueOrigin.com, according to a May 13 Blue Origin media release.

Blue Origin sells seats for people to take the New Shepard rocket on its 10-minute flight that goes up 62 miles and reaches speeds of about 2,230 mph.

The crew flying on its NS-21 mission:

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

• Katya Echazarreta, business jet pilot

Her seat is 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 is 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, founded by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, opened in Kent in 2020.


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