The fifth human commercial flight of Jeff Bezos’ space tourism company, Blue Origin, made a successful launch on Saturday in the West Texas desert.
The action started at 9:25 a.m. EDT (1325 GMT), when Blue Origin’s New Shepard vehicle lifted off from Launch Site One, the company’s facility in West Texas, according to Space.com.
The New Shepard spacecraft, named after the eldest daughter of pioneering astronaut Alan Shepard, blasted off from Blue Origin’s US headquarters located near Van Horn.
The crew includes investor and NS-19 Astronaut Evan Dick; electrical engineer and former NASA test lead Katya Echazarreta; business jet pilot and Action Aviation Chairman Hamish Harding; civil production engineer Victor Correa Hespanha; adventurer and Dream Variation Ventures co-founder Jaison Robinson; and explorer and co-founder of private equity firm Insight Equity Victor Vescovo, Commander, USN (Ret.).
“It was an honor to fly this special crew of explorers and true pioneers today,” Phil Joyce, senior vice president of the Blue Origin, said in a statement released by the space tourism company.
Photo shows the crew of New Shepard NS-21. Pictured from left to right: Victor Vescovo, Victor Correa Hespanha, Katya Echazarreta, Jaison Robinson, Hamish Harding, and Evan Dick.