Blue Origin: the last launch of the New Shepard ended in failure (yes, but…)

Blue Origin suffered a severe failure during the launch of its New Shepard rocket. Yesterday, September 12 in the waters of 2:27 p.m., New Shepard launched into space. The NS-23 mission was quickly cut short as an anomaly in the booster quickly appeared before the launcher had even reached its target altitude. This disappointment is far from being a disaster for Blue Origin insofar as the incident made it possible to evaluate in real conditions the ejection system of the capsule (which was empty during this mission) in the event of an absolute emergency. . In fact, the capsule separated from the launcher before the explosion of the latter and was able to land on Earth carried by parachutes.

This simply means that if the launch anomaly had occurred with a crew on board, the latter would most likely have survived. Knowing that until now any problem during a rocket in flight was equivalent most of the time to the death of the crew, the proper functioning of the emergency evacuation system appears to be a crucial advance. Following the explosion of the New Shepard, the FAA decided to open an investigation and temporarily suspended the US private space company’s flight authorization. Blue Origin specifies for its part that it is already hard at work in order to = determine the causes of the anomaly. As a reminder, this is only the second incident of this type for a New Shepard rocket since 2015.

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