Glen de Vries, a businessman who went into space last month on a trip with Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos’ company, died this Friday in a plane crash in New Jersey.
De Vries, co-founder of Medidata Solutions, had shared a ride on the ‘Blue Shepard’ rocket with the actor William Shatner, who played the famous Captain Kirk on Star Trek for four decades, and that he became the oldest person to travel to space, in his 90s.
De Vries’ journey lasted 11 minutes and was also with Chris Boshuizen (ex-NASA engineer and co-founder of Planet Labs) and Audrey Powers (manager of Blue Origin). It was the second passenger flight aboard Bezos’s company.
Along with Glen de Vries, the other passenger on the plane, Thomas P. Fisher, has died. The US federal aviation regulator, the FAA; will investigate the causes of the loss.
We are devastated to hear of the sudden passing of Glen de Vries. He brought so much life and energy to the entire Blue Origin team and to his fellow crewmates. His passion for aviation, his charitable work, and his dedication to his craft will long be revered and admired. pic.twitter.com/1hwnjntTVs
— Blue Origin (@blueorigin) November 12, 2021
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A space tourist with Bezos dies in a plane crash