Blue Origin rocket crashes after take off, no injuries

Blue Origin rocket crashes after take off, no injuries

Blue Origin rocket crashes after take off, no injuries

Image provided by Blue Origin showing the rocket did not take off on Monday 12 September 2022.

The Blue Origin rocket launcher crashed shortly after takeoff on Monday, September 12, in West Texas, Jeff Bezos’ company announced, adding that the capsule was able to separate from the rest of the rocket.

“Launcher malfunction during unmanned flight today”the company first announced, later stating that the capsule ejection system had worked as intended. “There are no victims”Blue Origin said.

A video shows, about a minute after take-off, the capsule activating its emergency engines and ejecting from the main launcher at full speed, then, accompanied by the parachute, its hard landing. The video does not show what became of the pitcher, with the company writing that it is “fell to the ground”while in case of success it must return to get up, softly.

Image provided by Blue Origin showing the rocket's failed takeoff and soft landing in the desert on Monday 12 September 2022.
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The unmanned capsule carried only research equipment for this titled mission “New Shepherd 23”.

The US civil aviation regulator, the FAA, has announced that it has blocked any further takeoff of this rocket while investigations are ongoing. “The capsule landed safely and the launcher landed in the danger zone”wrote the federal agency.

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It was the company’s 23rd mission, the first to end in failure. It’s a blow to the space tourism company led by the founder of Amazon.

Jeff Bezos himself had participated in New Shepard’s first manned flight in July 2021. Since then, the car has carried around thirty people, including most notably the actor who plays the series’ emblematic Captain Kirk. star Trek, William Shatner. In early August, the company had successfully sent the first Egyptian and the first Portuguese into space, an experience of just a few minutes in zero gravity.

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