Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin project is targeting August. 4 for the next space tourist flight

Blue Origin will launch its sixth manned spaceflight next week if all goes according to plan.

The Jeff Bezos company scheduled on Thursday (August 4) the next space travel mission for its New Shepard spacecraft, which will send six people to and from suborbital space.

The mission, known as NS-22 because it will be New Shepard’s 22nd crewed or uncrewed flight, is scheduled to launch Thursday from the Blue Origin site in West Texas at 9:30 AM ET (13:30 GMT; 8:30 local time). ). You can watch it here on, courtesy of Blue Origin, or directly through the company. (will open in a new tab). Coverage will begin 30 minutes before the start.

Pictured: Blue Origin’s first New Shepard passenger launch with Jeff Bezos

Blue Origin announced the NS-22 crew on July 22, 2022.

The crew of Blue Origin’s NS-22 tourist suborbital mission, scheduled to launch on August 1. 4, 2022. (Image credit: Blue Origin)

NS-22 will make several first space flights. For example, according to the Blue Origin mission description, crew members Mario Ferreira and Sarah Sabry will be the first Portuguese and Egyptian people, respectively, to reach space. (will open in a new tab).

In addition, the NS-22 will make crew member Vanessa O’Brien the first person to climb the world’s highest mountain (Everest), reach the deepest point in the ocean (Challenger’s Pacific Abyss) and cross the boundary into outer space.

The other three passengers on the NS-22 are Coby Cotton, co-founder of the popular YouTube channel Dude Perfect; technology pioneer Clint Kelly III; and telecommunications executive (non-former NFL quarterback) Steve Young. You can read more about all six in our history of the NS-22 crew members.

Cotton and Sabri are clearly not paying for themselves; their locations were sponsored by MoonDAO and Space for Humanity, respectively, organizations that seek to expand access to space.

Incidentally, it’s not clear how much a flight to New Shepard costs; Blue Origin does not disclose ticket prices. By comparison, suborbital tourism rival Virgin Galactic charges $450,000 for a seat on its VSS Unity space plane, which has yet to enter full commercial service.

The New Shepard is a reusable rocket and capsule combination that gives passengers the chance to see Earth against the blackness of space and allows them to experience a few minutes of weightlessness. Each New Shepard mission lasts approximately 11 minutes from launch to capsule landing. (The rocket makes a vertical landing shortly before the capsule touches down.)

Mike Wall is the author of Out There (will open in a new tab)(Grand Central Publishing, 2018; illustrations by Carl Tate), a book about the search for alien life. Follow him on Twitter @michaeldwall (will open in a new tab). Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom (will open in a new tab) or on facebook (will open in a new tab).

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