Jeff Bezos’ space agency Blue Origin says it will delay the launch of its fifth crew rocket scheduled for Friday due to technical problems.
“During our final vehicle check-out, we noticed that a back-up system at New Shepard did not meet our expectations for performance,” the company said in a statement on Wednesday, referring to its suborbital spaceship.
“With great caution, we will delay the launch of the NS-21,” it continued, with further updates.
Blue Origin is a leading player in the early space tourism market, offering passengers a ten-minute walk out of the atmosphere from a base in West Texas and back again.
Ticket prices are a closely guarded privacy.
The fifth flight includes engineer Katia Ezajareta, who is set to become the youngest American woman in space at the age of 26.
His position was sponsored by the “Space for Humanity” program, which seeks to democratize access to space and selected him from among 7,000 candidates.
Blue flew its founder Bezos on its first crude flight in July 2021, and also flew Star Trek icon William Shatner and Laura Shepard Churchill, the first American daughter in space.
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