Jeff Bezos’s uncrewed rocket explodes in fireball

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A Blue Origin rocket launch was canceled Monday morning when the rocket booster exploded more than a minute into flight.

New Shepard Mission 23 was carrying a payload of scientific experiments and other cargo from Blue Origin’s launch site in Texas to the edge of space on Monday when the main booster exploded. The New Shepard capsule containing the payload was safely shuttled through the launch abort system and returned to Earth.

NS-23 was the 23rd official mission for Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket, which carries a crew capsule to the edge of space atop a reusable main stage booster. This same type of launch vehicle and spacecraft flew by Blue Origin founder and Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos on July 20, 2021, the vehicle’s first crewed launch, and the rocket carried several human crew and celebrities safely. has gone. Edge of Space and Back, including Star Trek actor William Shatner.

Unlike competitor SpaceX, Blue Origin has yet to launch a rocket capable of placing a manned crew or cargo into orbit. The company’s orbital launch vehicle, New Glenn, is still under development.

NS-23 lifted off from launch pad New Van Horn Texas at 10.24 a.m. EDT on Monday, but the flight barely lasted more than a minute before encountering a major problem.

In the launch’s video livestream, the New Shepard booster can be seen to tilt and then garland in flames at an altitude of more than 28,000 feet, about a minute and four seconds into the flight – a feat that New Shepard flights have previously reached. There are altitudes of over 350,000 feet without incident.

Blue Origin rocket launch canceled after Texas experienced ‘anomaly’

Within moments after the booster fires, flight abort rockets can be seen firing the base of the space capsule above the rocket, both detaching and propelling the powerful capsule up and away from the dying booster. The booster landed safely on the ground in Texas under parachute at approximately 10.23 a.m. EDT.

Blue Origin is still investigating the explosion and the cause is not yet known.

In a commercial space industry led by billionaires who made their fortunes enabling the sale of books, music, or the like, Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin became a medium, pursuing contracts with NASA and space tourism. approach has been taken.

Virgin Records and Virgin Atlantic Airlines’ billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic has focused almost entirely on space tourism, and Sir Branson will lead Mr Bezos to the edge of space with the first sub-orbital Virgin Galactic flight on July 11, 2021. beat on.

Meanwhile, PayPal billionaire and SpaceX founder Elon Musk has led SpaceX to focus almost exclusively on providing orbital launch services to companies and NASA, using the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft crew. and to carry cargo to the International Space Station. SpaceX and Blue Origin also competed for an initial contract to build the lunar landing system for NASA’s Artemis III mission, which is scheduled to return humans to the Moon in 2025.

Since Mr Bezo’s first flight in the summer of 2021, Blue Origin New Shepherd vehicles have carried many paying space tourists, as well as celebrities and other guests including Mr Shatner and Laura Shepard, daughter of US astronaut Alan Shepard. Free flights are provided to Rocket name.

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