Blue Origin on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021 successfully completed its third human spaceflight – the first with six astronauts on board.
The astronaut manifest included Laura Shepard Churchley (daughter of Alan Shepard, the first American in space), ex-NFL player turned TV host Michael Strahan, along with Evan Dick, Dylan Taylor, Cameron Bess, and Lane Bess.
“We had a great flight today. This was our sixth flight in what has been a great year for the New Shepard program. We flew 14 astronauts to space, flew a NASA payload flight that tested lunar landing sensors and completed our certification test flights,” said Bob Smith, CEO Blue Origin. “I want to thank our payload customers, our astronauts and, of course, Team Blue for these many important accomplishments. I am so proud to be part of this dedicated and hard-working team that ensures that each and every flight of New Shepard is safe and reliable. And it’s fun to say that this is just the beginning.”
Blue Origin is planning several crewed and payload flights in 2022.
In case you missed it, you can view a full replay of the flight below: