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Blue Origin Scheduled to Launch Rocket into Suborbital Space with All-Female Crew

Blue Origin Scheduled to Launch Rocket into Suborbital Space with All-Female Crew

Blue Origin’s CEO’s girlfriend Lauren Sanchez, a helicopter pilot, is leading the mission.

In September of 2021, Blue Origin turned science fiction into fact, launching William Shatner, Captain James T. Kirk of “Star Trek” fame, into suborbital space. The next launch has an all-female crew:

In a move that follows the lead of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Artemis program, the billionaire Jeff Bezos-headed firm is planning to launch a rocket with an all-female crew.

The mission will be led by Bezos’ girlfriend, Lauren Sanchez.

The news comes courtesy of Lauren Sanchez, the girlfriend of Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos. Sanchez spoke to WSJ. Magazine for a story that was published on Wednesday (Jan. 25) (opens in new tab), revealing that she plans to lead the six-person mission aboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard suborbital vehicle.

We don’t know the identities of the other five passengers, but Sanchez told WSJ. Magazine that they will be “women who are making a difference in the world and who are impactful and have a message to send.

The launch date is unknown at this point, but Sanchez, a media personality and trained helicopter pilot, said she hopes to fly by early next year.

Sanchez has flight experience, as she is licensed to pilot helicopters.

She’s the founder of Black Ops Aviation, a female-owned aerial film and production company.

According to the WSJ, Bezos credits Sanchez for helping him get comfortable in the air again following a helicopter crash in 2003.

Bezos is also in the process of getting his own pilot’s license.

Although Sanchez has no experience as an astronaut, this should not be an issue, as the aim of Blue Origin is to send normal civilians into space.

While Sanchez probably will get a free ticket, the other spots will likely go to those women (or perhaps those who identify as such) willing to pay. Bezos’ goal is to commercialize space and make it accessible to everyone.

Crew members will be fully trained for the flight into space in just two days, according to the company. At the moment, Blue Origin has two launch vehicles, including New Shepard, named after the first American in space, Alan Shepard. The autonomous, reusable vehicle consists of a crew capsule and a rocket booster, powered by a mixture of liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen.

It is unknown what a ticket on this luxury transport will cost, although one bidder paid up to $28 million for a seat on the first flight, which took place in 2021. Blue Origin is also working on a lunar lander, called Blue Moon, which it intends to launch in 2024. “Blue Moon is a flexible lander that delivers a wide variety of small, medium and large payloads to the lunar surface,” the company says on its website.

We wish Sanchez and the rest of the crew a smooth ride and a safe landing.


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Are they all on the same cycle?

Aircraft are so automated these days that girls can fly them.

YAWN. If we stopped thinking everything was a first maybe we could get past suborbital space.

    What? You don’t want to see the first all “trans” crew flight?

    Your comment is true for Blue Origin and Virgin. They are basically sending up celebrity circle-jerks in space. But SpaceX is doing some real heavy lifting and has launched thousands of satellites at this point.

    henrybowman in reply to 2smartforlibs. | February 3, 2023 at 3:25 pm

    While Musk is doing actual hard work, Washington Post owner Bezos is playing the usual Democrat game of irrelevant celebrity firsts for the People Magazine crowd

    “Blue Origin’s CEO’s girlfriend Lauren Sanchez, a helicopter, is leading the mission.”

    She’s not really an attack helicopter, she just identifies as one. That kinky bastard Bezos!

These gimmicky flights have a history of not ending well.

Who will be left to read the map?

I’m starting not to take Blue Origin seriously.

I hope that Bezos is including trans-women in this crew, or he is just being an exclusionary cis-normative transphobic bigot.

According to the subhead, Lauren Sanchez is an odd name for a helicopter.

No, it is being launched with an all-female passenger manifest. There is no ‘crew’ aboard one of these flights.

have likely already told abrams and oprah “no”–bo is not a “heavy-lift” vehicle

Jeff Bezos-headed firm is planning to launch a rocket with an all-female crew.
“Sex discrimination involves treating someone (an applicant or employee) unfavorably because of that person’s sex, including the person’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or pregnancy.”
As you can see, the law applies only to white cracker boys.

Suburban Farm Guy | February 3, 2023 at 1:04 pm

Feeling a sudden urge to identify as female. And black, if that helps

Fat_Freddys_Cat | February 3, 2023 at 1:13 pm

Sending six women into space in a dildo-shaped rocket. Dang, it’s like comedy written by teenage boys.

Maybe he can get it launched fast enough to swing by that Chinese balloon and snag it on the way down?

Getting a crew up and then back safely from a suborbital flight is a significant accomplishment – but nowhere near as difficult (or risky) as doing the same with an orbital flight. Blue Origins has a long way to go before their flights are more than PR gimmicks.

So kewl! Maybe the Spice Girls and the Pussycat Dolls can perform on the launch pad??!!

Thank goodness that this mission isn’t intended to dock with ISS, as that would involve parking.

The Gentle Grizzly | February 3, 2023 at 4:01 pm

“ Blue Origin’s CEO’s girlfriend Lauren Sanchez, a helicopter…”


Hope they don’t all have PMS at the time of launch, or “Houston, we’ve got a problem!”

BierceAmbrose | February 4, 2023 at 3:26 pm

Didn’t one of their rockets blow up last month on the way up? Seems a bit abrupt to be ditching the trophy wife already.

BierceAmbrose | February 4, 2023 at 3:31 pm

So much PR for a sub-orbital flight after Space-X hauls people to the ISS more reliably than an Uber gets you across town.

Well, it is an orchestrated thing to provision a propaganda op, after all. Shows why El Heffe bought WaPo — gotta have a megaphone for your message, and why The Screaming Meemies are so wee-wee’d up that Elon bought The Twit.