U.S. entrepreneur who flew to house with actor William Shatner

By Kanishka Singh

© Reuters/BLUE ORIGIN FILE PHOTO: Star Trek actor William Shatner throughout the Blue Origin New Shepard mission NS-18

(Reuters) -Medical analysis software program mogul Glen de Vries, who flew to house final month with actor William Shatner aboard a rocketship operated by Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin, died in a small aircraft crash in New Jersey, state police mentioned on Friday.

The aircraft crashed on Thursday in Sussex County, New Jersey, simply northwest of New York Metropolis, police mentioned, including that De Vries, 49, and one other man aboard the plane, Thomas Fischer, 54, have been killed.

The plane, a single-engine Cessna 172, went down in a wooded space of a state park close to Lake Kemah, New Jersey, about 40 minutes earlier than sundown, in line with the Federal Aviation Administration, which is investigating the crash.

No different official particulars surrounding the circumstances of the accident have been instantly out there.

Video: Former NASA astronaut on ‘Star Trek’ actor William Shatner’s Blue Origin spaceflight (FOX Information)

Former NASA astronaut on ‘Star Trek’ actor William Shatner’s Blue Origin spaceflight


“Such a tragic loss. Heat and vigorous, Glen made us chortle and lit up the room. He was a visionary, and an innovator – a real chief,” Bezos, Blue Origin’s founder and govt chairman of on-line retail large Amazon.com, mentioned on Twitter, including he was “heartbroken”.

© Reuters/MIKE BLAKE FILE PHOTO: Blue Origin’s reusable rocket engine New Shepard is seen on a touchdown pad after flight

De Vries, an instrument-rated personal pilot and founding father of the scientific analysis firm Medidata Options, soared to house final month in a suborbital joyride aboard the New Shepard rocketship of astro-tourism enterprise Blue Origin, using together with three different civilian crew members.

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Essentially the most notable of the 4 New Shepard passengers was Shatner, the 90-year-old actor finest recognized for his function as Captain James T. Kirk on the unique Nineteen Sixties tv present “Star Trek.” The Oct. 13 launch made Shatner the oldest individual ever to fly into house.

The 2 different crewmates for that flight have been former NASA engineer Chris Boshuizen and Blue Origin Vice President Audrey Powers.

Medidata Options, fashioned by de Vries in 1999, ranks because the world’s most used scientific analysis platform, in line with a profession profile of de Vries that Blue Origin posted when he was chosen as one of many 4 New Shepard passengers.

He was vice chair of life sciences and healthcare on the French software program firm Dassault Systemes, which acquired Medidata in 2019. He additionally served as a trustee of Carnegie Mellon College in Pittsburgh.

(Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Writing and extra reporting by Steve Gorman in Los Angeles; Enhancing by Will Dunham, Cynthia Osterman and Daniel Wallis)


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