Discovery and Science Channel to Broadcast William Shatner Flight To Space

William Shatner in his flight suit (Credit: Blue Origin)

Space Launch LIVE: Shatner in SpaceAiring Live
on Discovery and Science Channel, Wednesday, October 13, 8:30 -10:30 AM

Discovery and Science Channel brings viewers the highly-anticipated launch of Star Trek star William Shatner as he takes his first flight into space — at the age of 90, soon to be the oldest person to fly to space — on Blue Origin’s New Shepard, a cutting-edge suborbital rocket.

Scheduled for Wednesday after weather delays, the mission, known as NS-18, will launch from Blue Origin’s West Texas site. This will be the second-ever crewed spaceflight for Blue Origin after its inaugural crewed flight launched founder Jeff Bezos and three other passengers on a 10-minute trip to space and back in July.

William Shatner to Boldly Go Where No Star Trek Captain Has Gone Before on Blue Origin’s New Shepard

William Shatner with CrewMember 7 Sarah Knights (left), and Audrey Powers (right). (Credit: Blue Origin)

KENT, Wash. (Blue Origin PR) — Today, Blue Origin announced actor William Shatner and Audrey Powers, Blue Origin’s Vice President of Mission & Flight Operations, will fly on board New Shepard NS-18. They will join crewmates Chris Boshuizen and Glen de Vries for the flight which lifts off from Launch Site One on October 12.  

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Report: William Shatner Heading to Space on Jeff Bezos’ New Shepard

William Shatner (Credit: Jerry Avenaim)

TMZ.com reports that Capt. James Tiberius Kirk — actor William Shatner, anyway — will be heading to space aboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard suborbital launch system.

We’re told Shatner will be on board in October for the 15-minute civilian flight — similar to the last launch. What we don’t know — BUT WHAT WOULD BE AWESOME — is if he wears his Capt. Kirk getup.

Our sources say the mission will be filmed for a documentary. We’re told Shatner’s people were talking to Discovery about the special, but that didn’t materialize … but our sources say Shatner and Co. have taken the project elsewhere and are in negotiations.

The 90-year old actor would be part of the second crewed flight by Jeff Bezos’ company. He would be the oldest person ever to travel to space.

In 2013, the Daily Mail reported that Richard Branson had offered Shatner a seat aboard Virgin Galactric’s suborbital SpaceShipTwo vehicle. Branson said the actor declined for an unusual reason.

‘He actually said he’s frightened of airline travel – which is slightly disillusioning. Captain Kirk is scared of flying,’ the Sun quoted Sir Richard as saying.

However, Shatner said he turned down Branson’s offer two years earlier because he didn’t want to pay the $200,000 cost.

I said, “Well, that’s not much, how much do you guarantee to come back?” And he didn’t have a price on that,’ quipped Shatner.

‘He wanted me to go up and pay for it and I said: “Hey, you pay me and I’ll go up. I’ll risk my life for a large sum of money.” But he didn’t pick me up on my offer.’

That wasn’t the first time he had indicated his reluctance to be blasted into the unknown.

Five years earlier Shatner said: ‘I’m interested in man’s march into the unknown but to vomit in space is not my idea of a good time. Neither is a fiery crash with the vomit hovering over me.’

Whatever the case, there is sure to be massive worldwide interest if Shatner does boldly go where no Star Trek regular cast member has gone before.

A Look Back at Space Tourism Version 1.0 as New Gaggle of Millionauts Prepares to Fly

The first space tourist, Dennis Tito, poses with Soyuz TM-32 crew mates Talgat Musabayev, and Yuri Baturin in 2001. (Credit: NASA)

by Douglas Messier
Managing Editor

For eight years, they thundered aloft in cramped Russian spacecraft from a former Soviet spaceport in Kazakhstan, battling bureaucracy and gravity to blaze a trail across the heavens and redefine what it meant to be a space traveler. No longer would access to orbit be limited to highly trained astronauts chosen on merit and working on behalf of their nations; instead, space would be open to any sufficiently healthy people with enough money and moxie to qualify.

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Two New Space TV Shows in Development


Two new space shows – one a drama, the other a comedy — are now in development.

Ronald D. Moore – he of “Battlestar Galactic” and “Star Trek” fame – has gotten an order from Apple to produce a new drama series that imagines a world in which the global space race of the 1960’s never ended.

Yes, Apple has now gotten into producing TV series.  No, I don’t know if this means we all have to buy one of their over priced devices to see the show.

Meanwhile, Bill Lawrence will write and executive produce “Spaced Out,” a multi-camera workplace ensemble comedy set in the world of commercial space travel. He is developing the series for CBS.

Lawrence had been executive producer of the project when it went to pilot at NBC as a single-camera show.  The network did not pick the pilot up as a series.

Lawence created “Scrubs” and co-created “Spin City” and ‘Cougar Town.” He also served as an executive producer on “Undateable” and the upcoming CW series “Life Sentence.”

If Lawrence wanted to make the show as a dark comedy, he could set it at a company that’s perpetually 18 months away from flying people into space owned by a jet-setting, publicity-obsessed billionaire who is always giving the staff migraines with his wildly optimistic and perpetually inaccurate pronouncements.

Alas, that’s probably a bit too on the nose….











William Shatner to Float on Zero-G Flight


LAS VEGAS (Zero-G PR) – Star Trek® fans rejoice! Zero Gravity Corporation (ZERO-G®) has partnered with Roddenberry Adventures to offer an extraordinary ZERO-G Experience® with William Shatner, beloved star of the iconic television series. For the first time, fans will have the chance to fly in zero gravity with the man who played Captain Kirk. A limited number of tickets for this exclusive flight on August 4 are now on sale to the general public.

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X Prize Names Qualcomm Tricorder Winners

Star Trek tricorders from the Original Series (left) and later series (right). (Credit: X Prize/CBS Studios Inc.)

LOS ANGELES (April 13, 2017)XPRIZE, the global leader in incentivized prize competitions, and the Qualcomm Foundation have awarded millions of dollars to the finalist teams of the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE, including a top prize of $2.6 million to the Pennsylvania-based team, Final Frontier Medical Devices, led by brothers Dr. Basil Harris, an emergency medicine physician, and George Harris, a network engineer. A second-place prize of $1 million was granted to Taiwan-based finalist, Dynamical Biomarkers Group, led by Harvard Medical School Associate Professor Chung-Kang Peng, Ph.D. and supported by HTC Research.

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The Tricorderlarity is Near

LOS ANGELES, December 13, 2016 (XPRIZE PR) – XPRIZE, the global leader in incentivized prize competitions, today announced the launch of consumer testing in the $10M Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE, in which two finalist teams’ devices will undergo consumer testing in the final phase of the competition. The global competition, sponsored by the Qualcomm Foundation, challenges teams to develop a consumer-focused, mobile diagnostic device based on the medical Tricorder of Star Trek® fame first shown to TV viewers 50 years ago. The devices are required to weigh less than five pounds, diagnose and interpret a set of 13 health conditions and continuously monitor five vital health metrics.

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Could a Doomsday Machine-like Satellite Clean Up Space Debris?

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In the classic Star Trek episode titled, “The Doomsday Machine,” Capt. James Kirk and the crew of the starship Enterprise did battle with a monstrous, self-sustaining spacecraft that refueled itself by chopping up planets and anything else in its way.

A new scientific paper proposed the deployment of a much smaller spacecraft that would refuel itself by consuming debris in Earth orbit. The paper was written by Lei Lan, Jingyang Li and Hexi Baoyin of Tsinghua University in Beijing.
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Leonard Nimoy Passes Away at 83

Leonard Nimoy — Spock of Star Trek — has died at age 83.

Above is his last Tweet.

The perfect moments he gave us on film are his gift to us. They will be preserved forever.

Thank you, Leonard, for entertaining and inspiring me and millions of others with a vision of what we could be.

You lived long and prospered. Now you are at rest. Thank you for everything.











NASA’s Google+ Hangout Connects Space Station, “Star Trek Into Darkness” Crews

Credit: Paramount Pictures
Credit: Paramount Pictures

WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — The director, a writer and some actors in the film “Star Trek Into Darkness” will join NASA as it hosts a Google+ Hangout from noon to 12:45 p.m. EDT, May 16, about how work aboard the International Space Station is turning science fiction into reality.

Google+ Hangouts allow as many as 10 people or groups to chat face-to-face, while thousands more can tune in to watch the conversation live on Google+ or YouTube.
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Christopher Pike in Mojave? Beam Him Down

A familiar looking symbol can be seen at the Mojave Air and Space Port in this satellite photo from Google Maps. This is actually the “A” in Mojave in the spaceport’s logo.

Now you might be forgiven for thinking that this letter looks more than a little bit like an insignia from a certain science fiction show about a bunch of star trekkers called….believe it or not….Star Trek. Let’s take a looksie, shall we?

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Latest X Prize: Invent a Tricorder, Win $10 Million

A 23rd century Star Fleet tricorder. (Credit: Paramount Pictures)

X PRIZE PR — Las Vegas, NV — The X PRIZE Foundation and Qualcomm Foundation today announced the launch of the $10 million Qualcomm Tricorder X PRIZE, a global competition to revolutionize healthcare. In this competition, teams will leverage technology innovation in areas such as artificial intelligence and wireless sensing – much like the medical Tricorder of Star Trek® fame – to make medical diagnoses independent of a physician or healthcare provider. The goal of the competition is to drive development of devices that will give consumers access to their state of health in the palm of their hand.

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