Blue Origin rocket crashes after liftoff, no injuries

A Blue Origin rocket launcher crashed shortly after liftoff in West Texas on Monday, Jeff Bezos’ company said, after the capsule managed to separate from the rest of the rocket.

“Launcher malfunction during drone flight today”, the company first noted, and then noted that the capsule ejection system worked as expected. “There were no injuries,” Blue Origin said.

A minute after takeoff, a video shows, The capsule fires its emergency engines and ejects from the main launcher at full speed, then, along with the parachutes, its brutal landing. The video doesn’t show what happened to the launcher, the company writes that he “fell to the ground” and had to slowly stand up if successful.

The capsule, unmanned, carried only research equipment For this mission called “New Shepherd 23”. The US civil aviation regulator, the FAA, has announced that it has grounded the rocket from further takeoffs while an investigation is underway. “The capsule landed safely and the launcher touched the danger zone,” the federal agency wrote.

It was the company’s 23rd mission, the first of which ended in failure. It’s a blow to the space tourism company led by Amazon’s founder.

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