Blue Origin launched its 23rd New Shepard rocket mission this morning, with science payloads designed for experimentation. However, the mission was needed early, after it aborted during the rocket’s initial ascent phase, which led to the abort process taking over and firing the parachutes onto the capsule, which drifted back to Earth shortly after takeoff.
This was not a manned mission, so there was no one on board the capsule, although it is the same vehicle the company uses for its private space flights for tourists. This is the first time Blue Origin has encountered a problem with the New Shepard spacecraft in flight, in nearly two dozen missions.
So far, Blue Origin has only said that an anomaly was detected that led to the abort process. The company hasn’t specified any details yet, but the problem arose during the “Max Q” phase of launch, the point where the rocket undergoes the most stress due to atmospheric pressure and friction.
We’ll be looking for updates (Blue Origin says they’re on their way), but the mission does offer a unique test of Blue Origin’s active escape system, which was responsible for separating and landing the capsule safely once the anomaly occurred. .
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