New uniforms issued to the crew of Amazon’s Blue Origin rocket have led to concerns being expressed about what Jeff Bezos thinks might be going to happen.
Until now, flight suits and uniforms have been a standard blue colour, and the sudden change has left crewmembers – none of whom have a first name – questioning what the unexpected change could mean.
“Blue is science staff, right? And I’m a scientist?” said Ensign Williams, who will be sitting in the emergency seat of the craft, right by the airlock.
“So what is this new red colour supposed to indicate? Is it a promotion? I bet it’s a promotion and a pay rise.”
“I could use the money because after this flight I’m planning to quit flying and settle down with my sweetheart from the space academy.”
However, neither William Shatner nor Jeff Bezos were willing to be drawn on what they thought was going to happen during the flight, except Shatner mentioned that he expected it to go ‘Pretty much the same as usual’.
“If these new uniforms perform as expected we’ll be rolling them out to all Amazon employees in a union over the next twelve months,” Bezos confirmed.
Jeff Bezos’ private spaceflight company Blue Origin will launch its second crewed space mission with William Shatner on Wednesday (Oct. 13).
After a 24-hour delay due to high winds at Blue Origin’s launch site near Van Horn, Texas, the New Shepard rocket is now scheduled to lift off at 10 a.m. EDT (9 a.m. local time; 1400 GMT), Blue Origin announced on Tuesday (Oct. 12).
This new targeted launch time is 30 minutes later than Blue Origin had originally planned to launch. “The shift in launch target is due to forecasted winds at vehicle rollout,” Blue Origin officials said in a statement Tuesday. “Weather currently looks good for launch.”
The 11-minute flight will launch Shatner and three crewmates above the 62-mile (100 kilometers) Kármán line, which is an internationally recognized boundary of space.
After a few minutes of weightlessness, the New Shepard capsule will return to Earth, capping the mission with a parachute-assisted landing at Blue Origin’s West Texas facility. The New Shepard rocket will separate from the capsule before the crew reaches their maximum altitude, and it will touch down separately a few minutes before the capsule.
Blue Origin will provide a live broadcast of the launch and landing beginning about 90 minutes before liftoff, or 8:30 a.m. EDT (1230 GMT) if the mission remains on schedule.
You can watch the launch live here on Space.com, courtesy of Blue Origin, or directly via the company’s YouTube.