This Monday (9), Blue Origin announced the names of six people who will fly the New Shepard rocket on the company’s next suborbital spaceflight. One of them is a production engineer who could be the second Brazilian to go into space after former astronaut and former minister Marcos Pontes.
Unlike the company’s first three space missions, it is not listed in any famous passenger group. On a recent flight, which took place on March 29, Jeff Bezos invited ‘Saturday Night Live’ star Pete Davidson, but he had to be replaced by a Blue Origin worker due to a timetable dispute.
The launch date for the mission, called NS-21 (because it is the 21st flight in the company’s overall list), has not yet been announced, nor how much passengers have paid for their seats.
Meet the next astronauts of Blue Origin
Victor Correa Hespanha
Victor Correa Hespanha, a production engineer, is becoming the second Brazilian to fly in space. Sponsored by the Crypto Space Agency, which aims to “combine the technology of the space industry with the innovation of the cryptocurrency market and the financial power to accelerate the future of humanity”, he will be the world’s first cryptonat.
Evan Dick will be the first person to fly twice in the New Shepard spacecraft on the December 11 NS-19 mission. He is a pilot, engineer, investor and managing member of Dick Holdings, LLC. He was senior vice president at DE Shaw and managing director of Hybrid Capital Management. Dick is a philanthropist for the Darwin Foundation, the International Population Assistance Corporation, and Starfighters Aerospace, according to Blue Origin.
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Born in Guadalajara, Katia Ezazareta will be the first person to travel to space from Mexico. She is one of the hosts of the YouTube series “Netflix IRL” and the CBS show “Mission Unstoppable” “Electric Cat”. Katia has spent nearly four years at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) on space missions with Perseverance Rover and Europa Clipper, which will launch Jupiter’s moon to Europe in 2024. She is pursuing a master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering at Johns Hopkins University and aims to “ensure representation of women and minorities” interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Her place was sponsored by the Space Organization for Humanity.
A business jet pilot, Hamish Harding is president of the aircraft brokerage firm Action Aviation. He set a world record in various categories, including a milestone with retired NASA astronaut Terry Verts in 2019, for breaking the record of a plane flying over two poles of the earth. Harding also visited the South Pole twice and dived about 10,100 meters in a submarine in 2021.
Jason Robinson founded the commercial real estate firm JJM Investments and co-founded it with his wife Dream Variation Ventures, which invests in technology and sports startups. A diver and skydiver, Robinson has a variety of adventures under his belt: he broke the noise barrier on a MiG-29 jet, spent a week hiking in Antarctica, and scaled Venezuela’s highest waterfall among other adventures in the world. He is a scout and has played water polo for the United States national team.
Victor Veskovo is the co-founder of private equity investment firm Insight Equity. He has completed the “Explorers Grand Slam”, an adventure challenge to the North and South Poles and the ascent of the Seven Mountains, the highest mountain on each continent. A pilot of multi-engine jets and commercial helicopters, he has reached the Challenger Deep (the deepest point of the ocean) 12 times, and is also a certified submersible test pilot. Veskovo served 20 years as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve, retiring as commander.
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