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

A launcher malfunction caused the Blue Origin rocket to crash on Monday 12 September. There are no injuries thanks to the capsule that managed to detach from the device.

The worst was averted. On Monday, in West Texas, the Blue Origin rocket launcher crashed shortly after takeoff, Jeff Bezos’ company announced, specifying that the capsule had managed to separate from the rest of the rocket.

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 launcher, the company writes that he “fell to the ground”, while if successful he must return to land softly.

“Today the launcher malfunctioned during unmanned flight,” the company announced, adding that the capsule ejection system had worked as expected. “There were no injuries,” Blue Origin said.

A video shows the hard landing of the capsule but not the rest of the rocket, which crashed. “There were no injuries,” Blue Origin said.

“NEW SHEPHERD 23”

The unmanned capsule carried only research equipment for this mission titled “New Shepard 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,” the agency wrote.

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 participated in New Shepard’s first manned flight in July 2021. Since then, the car has carried around thirty people, including the actor who plays the iconic Star Trek Captain Kirk, 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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