What time is Blue Origin's New Shepard launch with GMA host Michael Strahan? – Space.com

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Liftoff time on Saturday (Dec. 11) is subject to technical matters and weather.
Editor’s note: Liftoff of Blue Origin’s New Shepard NS-19 space tourist flight is set for 10:01 a.m. EST (1501 GMT). Live updates
Blue Origin’s third crewed mission, which will send Good Morning America anchor Michael Strahan and five other people to suborbital space, is expected to launch early Saturday morning (Dec. 11). 
Liftoff is expected from Blue Origin’s Launch Site One at 9:45 a.m. EDT (8:45 a.m. local time or 1445 GMT), but that is subject to change due to weather or technical issues with the New Shepard vehicle or other systems.
Live updates: Michael Strahan’s Blue Origin Launch on New Shepard
Blue Origin will start its coverage at 8:15 a.m. EDT (1215 GMT) at BlueOrigin.com (opens in new tab). We’ll simulcast here at Space.com, if possible. The company also plans mission updates through @BlueOrigin (opens in new tab) on Twitter.
Six people will fill the seats of New Shepard this time, marking the first time the spacecraft is at capacity. The starring guest, Strahan, is also a retired football player, having been a defensive end for the New York Giants for 15 seasons. Below is a list of the other people planning to reach suborbital space on the mission.
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New Shepard: Rocket for space tourism
Once the launch gets going, it will be a short mission; Blue Origin flights typically last about 11 minutes from launch to landing. After launch, key milestones to watch for are when the rocket comes back to land autonomously at the launch site, and when the crew members descend for landing under a parachute after spending two or three minutes in microgravity.
Most of Blue Origin’s 18 flights to date have been uncrewed, but the company is seeking to ramp up paid opportunities now for paying tourists or for folks who want to run experiments or fly payloads in space. Blue Origin has not yet disclosed a price for their flights; competitor Virgin Galactic is currently selling seats aboard its suborbital space plane for $450,000 apiece.
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Elizabeth Howell, Ph.D., is a contributing writer for Space.com (opens in new tab) since 2012. As a proud Trekkie and Canadian, she tackles topics like spaceflight, diversity, science fiction, astronomy and gaming to help others explore the universe. Elizabeth’s on-site reporting includes two human spaceflight launches from Kazakhstan, and embedded reporting from a simulated Mars mission in Utah. She holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc (opens in new tab). in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota, and a Bachelor of Journalism from Canada’s Carleton University. Her latest book, NASA Leadership Moments, is co-written with astronaut Dave Williams. Elizabeth first got interested in space after watching the movie Apollo 13 in 1996, and still wants to be an astronaut someday.
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