Action Aviation’s Hamish Harding heading to space


Hamish Harding, chairman of Action Aviation, is set to enter space on 4th June 2022. The Blue Origin rocket is scheduled to launch at 1230 GMT from West Texas. The mission will be live-streamed here one hour before the flight.

“After wanting to do this my whole life, I feel very honoured to be going to space today,” says Harding.

The New Shepard rocket, built by Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin company, will fly 100km above the earth crossing the Karman Line which is the boundary of space. It will reach Mach 3 as it leaves the earth’s atmosphere. Harding and his fellow crew will experience 3g forces on ascent and 5g forces on re-entry. The rocket will reach a top speed of 2,200 mph (3500 km/hr).

Harding already holds the world record for the fastest circumnavigation of the earth by an aircraft. He has also dived the Challenger Deep to a depth of 36,000 ft.  His partner in the dive Victor Vescovo is also part of the Blue Origin mission.

Also read: It will take three years to build a rescue sub – Hamish Harding’s dive

Also read: How Harding flew to the South Pole

The crew

Evan Dick
Dick is an engineer, investor, and managing member of Dick Holdings. He flew on an earlier mission in December 2021. He as formerly a banker at  D.E. Shaw and managing director of Highbridge Capital Management. He is is an ATP-rated pilot and volunteer for Starfighters Aerospace.

Katya Echazarreta
Echazarreta was born in Guadalajara, Mexico and will be the first Mexican woman in space. She is a YouTube presenter and also studying for a Masters degree at John Hopkins University. Echazarreta has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from UCLA. She spent nearly four years at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory working on five NASA missions. Her seat is sponsored by Space for Humanity, a nonprofit whose mission is to expand access to space for all of humanity.

Hamish Harding
Harding founded Action Aviation in 2004

In 2019, he and Col. Terry Virts, a former International Space Station Commander broke the Round-the-World record in a Gulfstream G650ER for any aircraft flying over the North and South poles.

Victor Correa Hespanha
Correa Hespanha is an engineer from Minas Gerais, Brazil. His seat is sponsored by the Crypto Space Agency  he won it by buying a Non-Fungible Token (NFT). Blue Origin says that he will be the second Brazilian to fly to space and the world’s first cryptonaut.

Jaison Robinson
Robinson is an investor who founded real estate company JJM Investments and co-founded fund Dream Variations Ventures (DVV).  He was a finalist on Survivor: Samoa in 2009. 

Victor Vescovo
Vescovo, a friend of Harding’s, is the first person to visit the deepest point in the world’s five oceans and executed the deepest wreck dive in history. He has submitted the world’s seven highest mountains and skied to both the North and South Poles. 


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