The Blue Origin livestream for the first crewed New Shepard launch has started. Still another 90 minutes before liftoff.
Each member of the crew will receive an Omega Speedmaster. This is just another "homage" to Apollo 11. Each of the Apollo 11 crew wore an Omega Speedmaster during their mission to the moon.
Blue Origin will perform two additional crewed flights in 2021. These flights will likely include many of the top bidders from the auction.
First 30ish minutes of Blue Origin livestream has been largely an infomercial. A lot of content we have already seen. No view of the crew just yet.
First look at the vehicle.
This first flight will only use four seats. However, subsequent flights will utilise all six seats.
Beautiful morning for a launch. Less than 60 minutes now.
And there they are. They have hopped into the Rivian and are on their way to the pad.
Not sure why they've chosen to split screen this moment but the crew is climbing the tower to climb aboard New Shepard.
Apparently, the first crewed New Shepard flight is as historic as the Apollo 11 Moon landing... if you say so.
A lot of talk about how New Glenn is a "scaled up" version of New Shepard.

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