Blue Origin ‘anomaly’ causes capsule to abort

An “anomaly” forced an in-flight capsule abort Monday during a Blue Origin flight from West Texas. The New Shepard rocket, now grounded by the Federal Aviation Administration, was not carrying people. It’s an earlier version of one that was released six times with people on board. One minute and four seconds into its 10-minute mission is when Blue Origin NS-23’s booster failed. Just after a ragged jet of flame exited the engine, the abort system activated, firing the pod away from the main glitch. scenery. “If you go back and play it very slowly, you see there are some sparkles. Normally when you have those flashes, it means there’s some kind of debris or some extra fuel or something’s going on,” said Florida Tech’s Paula do Vale Pereira. But the company said the exhaust system worked as designed. “It’s a launch escape system. A solid rocket motor essentially at the base of this capsule fired just when it was needed. And the capsule escaped from the rocket that was in the process of exploding,” said Eric Berger of Ars Technica. While there were no humans in the capsule, there were 36 loads of science experiments, half funded by NASA. on board, they would have gotten a big kick in the pants and felt some Gs, but they would have been fine,” Berger said. There are three more passenger New Shepard missions planned for this year. Towards airline-like operations, I think we still there’s a long way to go,” Berger said. As a result of Monday’s aborted mission, the FAA has grounded New Shepard. The agency wrote the following in a statement to WESH 2 News: “Before the New Shepard vehicle can fly again, the FAA will determine if any systems, processes or procedures related to the mishap affected public safety.” This is a practice standard for all mishap investigations The NS-23 mission was delayed three times due to weather The failed booster is an older version than rated for manned missions The capsule returned to earth under three parachutes, just like it would have gone down even if everything had gone according to plan. reliable flights, I’m pretty sure they can figure it out without major problems,” said Julie Brisset of UCF’s Florida Space Institute. See the moment the flight was aborted below.

An “anomaly” forced an in-flight capsule abort Monday during a Blue Origin flight from West Texas.

The New Shepard rocket, now grounded by the Federal Aviation Administration, was not carrying people. It’s an earlier version of one that was released six times with people on board.

One minute and four seconds into its 10-minute mission is when the Blue Origin NS-23 booster failed.

Just after a ragged jet of flame erupted from the engine, the abort system activated, launching the pod away from the faulty main stage.

“If you go back and play it very slowly, you see there are some sparkles. Normally, when you have those flashes, it means there is some kind of debris or some extra fuel or something is going on,” said Paula do Vale Pereira of Florida Tech.

But the company said the exhaust system worked as designed.

It’s the launch escape system. A solid rocket motor essentially at the base of this capsule fired just when it was needed. And the capsule escaped from the rocket that was in the process of exploding,” said Eric Berger of Ars Technica.

While there were no humans in the capsule, there were 36 science experiment payloads, half funded by NASA.

“If there were people on board, they would have gotten a big kick in the pants and felt some Gs, but they would have been fine,” Berger said.

There are three more passenger New Shepard missions planned for this year.

“Even though these companies are trying to move toward airline-like operations, I think there’s still a long way to go,” Berger said.

As a result of Monday’s aborted mission, the FAA has grounded New Shepard.

The agency wrote the following in a statement to WESH 2 News: “Before the New Shepard vehicle can fly again, the FAA will determine if any systems, processes or procedures related to the mishap affected public safety.”

This is standard practice for all mishap investigations.

The NS-23 mission was delayed three times due to weather. The failed booster is an earlier version than the one rated for missions with people on board.

The capsule descended to earth under three parachutes, just as it would have descended even if everything had gone according to plan.

“Given their history of regular, reliable flights, I’m pretty sure they can figure it out without major problems,” said Julie Brisset of UCF’s Florida Space Institute.

See the time the flight was canceled below

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