On Monday a Blue Origin launch failure took place in West Texas. The New Shepard rocket was launched from Launch Site One 25 miles North of Van Horn, Texas. It experienced an immediate failure of its booster rocket. And its abort system was triggered which released the capsule to parachute to Earth.
The failed mission took place 2 days after another successful SpaceX mission.
Jeff Bezo’s Blue Origin tweeted out that “This was a payload mission with no astronauts on board. The capsule escape system functioned as designed.”
We’re responding to an issue this morning at our Launch Site One location in West Texas. This was a payload mission with no astronauts on board. The capsule escape system functioned as designed. More information to come as it is available.
— Blue Origin (@blueorigin) September 12, 2022
The space agency also confirmed the crash of the rocket booster that first caught fire at 27,000 feet.
“During today’s flight, the capsule escape system successfully separated the capsule from the booster. The booster impacted the ground. There are no reported injuries; all personnel have been accounted for.”
Yesterday’s mishap was launched with a different booster and capsule based on the same design.
Blue Origin launch investigated
Yesterday marked the first failed Blue Origin mission to fall since the company’s first flight in 2015.