Blue Origin’s New Shepard Rocket Faced Problem during Uncrewed Launch
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Blue Origin’s New Shepard Rocket faced serious problem during its uncrewed launch after lifting off on Monday morning. The flight was meant for science experiments and had no people on board. 

The flight was supposed to be another in a series of suborbital flights to the edge of space and back; there were no people on board as it was only for science experiments. Jeff Bezos  company also happens to own the New Shepard system used to fly paying customers and has flown several missions since Bezos himself flew on the first crewed flight last year.

The launch of Blue Origin’s rocket was delayed due to a series of holds according to their flight controllers. The flight lifted off just before 10:30 am Eastern, and entered “Max Q” shortly afterwards- this is the point where aerodynamic pressure is at its greatest when reaching the atmosphere.

The rocket’s emergency abort system took over at about 1 minute 5 seconds into flight and quickly escaped from the booster. The capsule’s parachutes later opened, and it landed softly in the West Texas desert. It was unclear what happened to the booster after that.

Erika Wagner on a broadcast of the event said, “It appears that we experienced an anomaly. Our crew capsule was able to escape successfully, but we don’t have any details yet.”Blue Origin’s New Shepard Rocket Faced Problem during Uncrewed Launch-video                                                                                        Watch New Shepard Mission NS-23 Webcast

The team behind the rocket designed it for the utmost safety. Before it flew any people, they tested the abort system to make sure it was in good working condition.

She further added, “Safety is always the highest value at Blue Origin. We’ve built so much redundancy into our system because of that.”

Blue Origin’s launch site in West Texas experienced a problem, but the capsule escape system functioned as designed. More information will be available as soon as it is available.

There were 24 payloads aboard the capsule, from schools to universities and organizations, including the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. This was the fourth New Shepard flight so far this year, with nine total New Shepard flights since it first flew in 2015.

Blue Origin has flown 31 people to space, but its plans to fly more in 2019 have likely been delayed due to the accident on Monday.

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