Blue Origin flight with Alan Shepard daughter delayed by weather


Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket – whose crew includes the daughter of the first American to travel to space – has had its flight delayed due to forecasts of bad weather. — REUTERS

A Blue Origin flight due to include the daughter of the first American to travel to space has been delayed by two days because of forecasts of bad weather, the company said Wednesday.

The flight was originally scheduled for Thursday but because of winds forecast for both that day and Friday it will now aim to lift off on Saturday at 8.45 am (14.45 GMT) from West Texas.

Laura Shepard Churchley, whose father Alan Shepard became the first American to travel to space in 1961, will be one of six passengers on this third crewed flight by Jeff Bezos's space company.

The rocket is in fact called New Shepard, in honour of the late Shepard.

Television personality Michael Strahan, a former American football player who co-hosts "Good Morning America," will be a guest on the voyage – a roughly 10-minute trip to the internationally recognised boundary of space, and back down again.

The other four crew members are paying customers: space industry executive and philanthropist Dylan Taylor, investor Evan Dick, Bess Ventures founder Lane Bess, and Cameron Bess.

Lane and Cameron Bess will become the first parent-child pair to fly in space. – AFP

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