WASHINGTON: American comedian and actor Pete Davidson, who recently made headlines for his new relationship with Kim Kardashian, will head to space as part of a six-member crew on Blue Origin’s upcoming flight this week next, the company announced on Monday (March 14).
The Saturday Night Live star will be the only non-paying guest on the trip aboard the New Shepard rocket, which is scheduled to lift off from the company’s Launch Site One in West Texas on March 23 at 8:30 a.m. local time.
It will be the fourth human flight for the company, which launched its billionaire founder and owner Jeff Bezos into space on its first crewed mission last summer.
Davidson, 28, recently made headlines for dating reality star-turned-entrepreneur Kardashian, whose contentious divorce from rapper Kanye West was finalized earlier this month.
West, legally known as Ye, has made no secret of his anger at Davidson – burying a clay version of the youngster alive in a new animated music video.
The other teammates are CEO and investor Marty Allen; husband and wife Sharon and Marc Hagle, who run a nonprofit and a business, respectively; teacher and explorer Jim Kitchen, and George Nield, who founded a company that promotes commercial space activity.
Ticket prices remain secret, as since the first flight.
Named after pioneering astronaut Alan Shepard, New Shepard is Blue Origin’s reusable, self-piloted suborbital rocket system capable of crossing the Karman Line, the internationally recognized boundary of space, 100 km high .
During the 11-minute round trip, passengers experience several minutes of weightlessness and can observe the curvature of the Earth. The capsule rises to the surface on giant parachutes for a soft landing in the desert.