Star Trek TOS (The Original Series) is part of the inspiration that ultimately drove what OWC is today. One year ago, an OWC payload was launched on Blue Origin NS-13. Now, a year later, as science fiction moves towards science reality, William Shatner, aka Captain James T. Kirk, became the oldest person to be launched into space on Blue Origin NS-18. He has now lived up to his iconic television opening and truly gone where no 90-year-old has gone before! The previous record from a few months earlier was the 82-year-old aviation pioneer Wally Funk.
Today Blue Origin launched its newest rocket, New Shepard. The entire crew was comprised of civilians. Yes, the entire crew. The rocket was powered and run autonomously with experts in ground control overseeing the launch and return.
OWC congratulates the whole Blue Origin team and the NS-18 passengers.
Header image screenshot from live launch video. (c) Blue Origin