Blue Origin’s fifth human flight – NS21 – will lift off from the company’s Launch Site 1 in West Texas on Friday, May 20.
The launch window opens at 8:30 a.m. CDT / 1:30 p.m. UTC. The company will provide a webcast of this flight at T-60 minutes to their BlueOrigin.com website.
blue origin announced the crew that will fly on the company’s NS-21 mission: investor and NS-19 astronaut Evan Dick; electrical engineer and former NASA test manager Katia Echazarreta; business jet pilot and president of Action Aviation Hamish Harding; civil production engineer Victor Correa Hespanha; adventurer and co-founder of Dream Variation Ventures Jaison Robinson; and explorer and co-founder of private equity firm Insight Equity Victor Vescovo, Commander, USN (Ret.). Katya will become the first Mexican-born woman and the youngest American woman to fly in space, and she will fly as part of Space for Humanityis sponsored Citizen Astronaut Program. Victor Correa Hespanha will be the second Brazilian to fly in space.
Each astronaut aboard NS-21 will take a postcard into space in the name of the Blue Origin Foundation, club for the futurewhose Space Postcards allows students to access space on Blue Origin’s rockets. The Club’s mission is to inspire future generations to pursue careers in STEM for the benefit of the Earth.
This mission will be the fifth human flight of the New Shepard program and the 21st in its history. The date of the flight will be announced soon.
Meet the crew
- Dick Evan is an engineer, investor, and managing member of Dick Holdings, LLC., and flew aboard NS-19 on Dec. 11, 2021. Evan was previously Senior Vice President of DE Shaw and Managing Director of Highbridge Capital Management, and he is a charitable supporter of the Darwin Foundation and Population Relief International Corp. Evan is an ATP-rated pilot and volunteer for Starfighters Aerospace, as well as an avid sailor and motorcyclist.
- Katya Echazarreta Katya was born in Guadalajara, Mexico. Its mission is to ensure the representation of women and minorities interested in STEM fields. She is a co-host of the YouTube series “Netflix IRL” and “Electric Kat” on the CBS show “Mission Unstoppable.” Katya is currently pursuing a master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering at Johns Hopkins University and received her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from UCLA in 2019. After graduation, she spent nearly four years at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the NASA to work on five NASA missions, including the Perseverance Rover and Europa Clipper. Katya Headquarters is sponsored by Space for Humanity, a non-profit organization whose mission is to expand access to space for all humanity.
- Hamish Harding Hamish is president of Action Aviation, a business jet brokerage firm he founded in 2004, and also a business jet pilot. In 2019, he and former International Space Station Commander Col. Terry Virts broke the world circumnavigation record in a Gulfstream G650ER for any aircraft flying over the North and South Poles. In addition to holding multiple aviation world records, Hamish has twice visited the South Pole and in 2021 dived the Challenger Deep with Victor Vescovo to a depth of 36,000ft in a submarine for two. people. Hamish lives in the United Arab Emirates with his wife, two teenage sons and two golden retrievers.
- Victor Correa Hespanha Victor is a 28-year-old civil production engineer from Minas Gerais (Brazil). As a child, he dreamed of becoming an astronaut, and now, after buying his first NFT, he is honored to be the second Brazilian to fly in space and the world’s first cryptonaut. Victor Headquarters is sponsored by the Crypto Space Agency, whose mission is to combine the technology of the space industry with the innovation and financial power of crypto markets to accelerate humanity’s off-world future. .
- Jaison Robinson Jaison founded JJM Investments, a commercial real estate company, and co-founded Dream Variations Ventures (DVV) with his wife, Jamie. DVV invests in technology and sports start-ups. He’s an avid diver and skydiver, broke the sound barrier in a Mig-29 fighter jet, spent a week hiking in Antarctica, and climbed to the world’s tallest waterfall in Venezuela. He was a finalist on Survivor: Samoa in 2009. Jaison received a bachelor’s degree from Stanford, with studies at Oxford, and a JD from the University of Chicago. He is also an Eagle Scout and played water polo at Stanford and on the United States National Team.
- Victor Vescovo Victor is co-founder of the private equity firm Insight Equity. He has completed the “Grand Slam of Explorers”, which includes climbing the world’s seven peaks and skiing to the North and South Poles. In 2020, he became the first person to repeatedly dive to the deepest point in the ocean, Challenger Deep (now 12 times). He is the first person to visit the deepest point in the world’s five oceans and perform the deepest wreck dive in history. Victor is a commercial-level multi-engine jet and helicopter pilot, as well as a certified submersible test pilot. He graduated from Stanford, MIT, and Harvard Business School, and served 20 years in the U.S. Navy Reserve as an Intelligence Officer, retiring as a Commanding Officer (O-5).