Planet Labs co-founder Chris Boshuizen, and Glen de Vries, a co-founder of clinical research platform Medidata Solutions, will bring the company’s total number of paying customers to three – though prices haven’t been disclosed.
The competition is heating up.
Richard Branson inaugurated his space tourism on July 11, riding along on a suborbital flight with six others aboard his company’s VSS Unity rocket plane.
Virgin Galactic, which offers a similar experience of a few minutes’ weightlessness and a view of the Earth’s curvature from the cosmos, managed to launch a few days before Mr Bezos.
And in September, SpaceX sent four private citizens on a three-day trip whizzing around the planet – an altogether more ambitious, but also likely far more expensive endeavor.
It was the first-all civilian crew to reach Earth’s orbit in a three-day mission ending September 18.
At 90, Mr Shatner will pass Wally Funk as the oldest person to ever travel to the great beyond. Ms Funk, a former NASA engineer, was 82 years old when she joined Jeff Bezos on Blue Origin’s first ever flight into space back in July.
He is due to blast off from the Texas desert at 9am local time (3pm UK time) on Wednesday and the flight will be streamed online at the top of this page.
The trip will last about 10 minutes but he will cross the Karman line at 100km (62 miles) up, which is widely regarded as the start of space, and he will experience weightlessness.