Blue Origin’s Uncrewed NS-23 Experience’s In-Flight Failure just over a minute into Flight

Blue Origin’s NS-23, an uncrewed mission carrying 36 research payloads from academia, research institutions, and students across the globe, experienced a major malfunction shortly after liftoff from Texas on Monday. After a minute into the flight, the rocket exploded triggering a successful separation of the capsule, which floated safely back to Earth.

The incident marked a setback for Blue Origin and space tourism in general.

According to Blue Origin:

“Booster failure on today’s uncrewed flight. Escape system performed as designed,” Blue said on its website, noting the rocket “impacted the ground” instead of landing upright as it normally does.

Blue Origin’s New Shepard suborbital rockets have been grounded pending an investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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