NS-21 targets liftoff on June 4

The NS-21 group of space tourists flying aboard Blue Origin's New Shepard spacecraft, which is targeted to launch on June 4, 2022. (Image credit: Blue Origin)
The NS-21 group of space tourists flying aboard Blue Origin's New Shepard spacecraft, which is targeted to launch on June 4, 2022. (Image credit: Blue Origin)

Blue Origin announced NS-21 will lift off from Launch Site One on Saturday, June 4. The launch window opens at 8:00 a.m. CDT / 13:00 UTC. The webcast will start at T-60 minutes.

NS-21 was originally supposed to launch on May 20, but Blue Origin delayed things after discovering a potential issue with one of New Shepard’s backup systems. The company has not disclosed what exactly that issue was.

The crew includes: investor and NS-19 Astronaut Evan Dick; electrical engineer and former NASA test lead Katya Echazarreta; business jet pilot and Action Aviation Chairman Hamish Harding; civil production engineer Victor Correa Hespanha; adventurer and Dream Variation Ventures co-founder Jaison Robinson; and explorer and co-founder of private equity firm Insight Equity Victor Vescovo, Commander, USN (Ret.).