Blue Origin rocket crashes after takeoff with no injuries

“Launcher malfunction during unmanned flight today”first announced the company, then stating that the capsule ejection system had worked as expected.

“There are no casualties”said Blue Origin.

Take-offs blocked during the investigation

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 became of the launcher, with the company writing that it is “fallen to the ground”, while in case of success it must come back to stand up, 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 take-off of this rocket while the investigation is ongoing.

“The capsule landed safely and the launcher touched down in the hazard zone”wrote the federal agency.

Thirty people transported

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

Jeff Bezos had himself participated in the first manned flight of New Shepard in July 2021.

Since then, the machine has transported around thirty people, including the actor playing the emblematic Captain Kirk of the Star Trek series, William Shatner.

In early August, the company had successfully sent the first Egyptian and the first Portuguese into space, an experience of a few minutes in weightlessness.

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