Blue Origin rocket crashes after takeoff, no injuries
Blue Origin said it was able to recover the uninhabited capsule after the malfunction (archives).
Blue Origin's rocket launcher crashed shortly after takeoff Monday in West Texas, Jeff Bezos' company said, adding that the capsule was able to separate from the rest of the rocket. the rocket.
Launcher malfunction during unmanned flight today, the company first announced, later clarifying that the launcher system x27;capsule ejection had worked as intended.
There were no injuries, Blue Origin said.
A video shows, about a minute after takeoff, the capsule activating its emergency engines and ejecting from the main launcher at full speed, then, accompanied by parachutes, its hard landing.
The video does not show what happened to the launcher, the company writing that he fell to the ground, while if successful he must return to himself pose upright, gently.
The capsule, unmanned, carried only research equipment for this mission entitled New Shepard 23.
The American civil aviation regulator, the FAA, has announced that it has blocked any further takeoff of this rocket while the investigation is ongoing.
The capsule landed in safety and the launcher touched down in the designated hazard zone, the federal agency wrote.
This was the 23rd mission for the company, the first to end in failure. This is a blow for the space tourism company led by the founder of Amazon.
Jeff Bezos had himself participated in the first manned flight from New Shepard in July 2021. The craft has since transported around 30 people, including the actor playing the iconic Star Trek series Captain Kirk, William Shatner.
At the beginning of August, the company had successfully sent the first Egyptian and the first Portuguese into space, an experience of a few minutes in weightlessness.