Blue Origin, the rocket company founded by Mr. Bezos, said on Tuesday that its third flight with a human crew would launch in early December.
This spaceflight will have six passengers, two more than were on the company’s two previous crewed flights, and follows several other private launches this year, as billionaire-backed companies compete to send wealthy tourists on space jaunts.
Strahan had covered Blue Origin’s first crewed flight, in July, from the company’s launch site in West Texas. On Tuesday, he told his colleagues on “Good Morning America” that when the company offered him this once in a lifetime opportunity, he said yes “without hesitation.”
“I believe that this is the way of being innovative, creative, pioneers in aviation, now space travel,” the former HBCU, New York Giants star said on the show on Tuesday. “And it’s going to take a while, but I do believe that it will bring a lot of technological breakthroughs and also innovations to us here on Earth, and I just want to be a part of it.”