If everything goes according to plan, Shatner, who is best known for playing Captain James T. Kirk on “Star Trek: The Original Series,” will boldly be launched into space sometime next month, per TMZ. Just as with Blue Origin’s initial voyage, the New Shepard capsule is being sent on a 15-minute flight that will reach a final altitude 65 miles above the surface of the Earth, high enough to achieve weightlessness.
The report of Shatner’s latest adventure also noted that the flight would be filmed for a documentary, which was at one point being shopped to buyers such as Discovery. While plans with that network never panned out, it seems like Bezos might be able to pull some strings at Amazon Studios to complete the project – he did help save “The Expanse,” after all.
There are plenty of other details that still need to be sorted out for the second crewed trip of New Shepard. There is no word about who might be joining Shatner on the journey, nor was it reported whether the actor had paid for his place on the flight. The seat sold on New Shepard’s first mission reportedly went for more than $20 million, which could add some overhead to the documentary’s budget if Blue Origin isn’t footing the bill.