“Saturday Night Live” comedian and actor Pete Davidson will no longer travel to the edge of space on his next Blue Origin spaceflight, the company said late Thursday.
The company announced this week that the New Shepard rocket will launch on Wednesday, March 23. With Mr Davidson and five other passengers. However, the company’s fourth launch with human passengers has now been delayed to March 29, Blue Origin said on Twitter.
The company, founded by Jeff Bezos, said Mr. Davidson, 28, “can no longer join” the mission, and a new sixth crew member will be announced soon. No further details were given.
Requests for comment from Blue Origin and Mr Davidson were not immediately returned as early as Friday.
A Blue Origin spokesperson said this week: Mr Davidson would fly as an “honorary guest”. the remaining five passengers were paying customers. They have been identified as Marty Allen, Sharon and Marc Hagle, Jim Kitchen and George Nield.
It’s unclear how much each was charged to take the flight, although members of the group come from a variety of backgrounds.
Mr. Allen is a former general manager of party supply store Party America. Mr. Hagle is president and CEO of Tricor International, a residential and commercial real estate development company. Ms. Hagle founded the non-profit group SpaceKids Global. Mr. Kitchen is professor of strategy and entrepreneurial practice at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. And Dr. Nield is president of Commercial Space Technologies and served for 10 years as associate director for commercial space transportation for the Federal Aviation Administration, the agency that regulates commercial launches such as Blue Origin’s.
It’s unclear whether Blue Origin will pick another celebrity to take Mr. Davidson’s seat.
The upcoming mission will be the company’s fourth human-powered flight and its 20th in its history.
Last fall, 90-year-old actor William Shatner was on his Blue Origin flight. became the oldest person to go into space and cross the Karman line, the widely recognized boundary between Earth’s atmosphere and space approximately 62 miles above the planet’s surface. Mr Shatner and three other passengers shared a New Shepard rocket on a mission that took about 10 minutes.
In December, “Good Morning America” co-host Michael Strahan He was on a Blue Origin flight with a handful of others.
Mr. Strahan said, “It’s a crazy feeling, like a feeling of weightlessness, that’s what you feel when the booster explodes, the rocket explodes and ruptures, and you don’t know what’s up from the bottom up.” He told ABC after his mission was complete.