Blue Origin’s sixth suborbital human launch is scheduled for August 4

Blue Origin’s sixth crewed flight aboard its New Shepard spacecraft, dubbed NS-22, will lift off on Thursday, the company said.

The New Shepard spacecraft, named after astronaut Alan Shepard, is a fully reusable self-contained rocket that provides its crew with a view to approximately 350,000 feet.

Launch of Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket carrying passengers William Shatner, Chris Boshuizen, Audrey Powers and Glen de Vries from its spaceport near Van Horn, Texas on Wednesday, October 13, 2021. (AP Photo/LM Otero/AP Newsroom)

Mário Ferreira, a Portuguese entrepreneur, and Sara Sabry, an Egyptian engineer, will become the first inhabitants of their countries to reach space.

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Vanessa O’Brien, a British-American explorer, will become the first woman to have climbed the highest peak on Earth, reached the deepest part of the ocean and traversed space.

Coby Cotton, co-founder of the special effects YouTube channel Dude Perfect, which has more than 57 million subscribers, will also be there.

Bezos and Blue Origin

Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos speaks to the media about the New Shepard rocket booster and crew capsule mockup at the 33rd Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado. (REUTERS/Isaiah J. Downing/File Photo/Reuters Photos)

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The team will be rounded out by Florida-based telecommunications director Steve Young and technology entrepreneur Clint Kelly III.

Jeff Bezos, who founded Blue Origin in 2000, was aboard New Shepard for Blue Origin’s first human space launch last year.

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