- A Blue Origin rocket with no crew on board failed just over a minute after liftoff on Monday.
- The New Shepard rocket, launched from Blue Origin’s West Texas facility, was carrying payload for the research.
- A live feed of the launch showed the rocket bursting into flames about 29,000 feet above the ground.
A Blue Origin rocket with no crew on board failed just over a minute after blasting off on Monday.
The New Shepard rocket that blasted off from Blue Origin’s West Texas facility on Monday was carrying research payload that was to be sent to the edge of space.
A live broadcast of the launch showed the New Shepard bursting into flames about 29,000 feet above the ground. The capsule above the booster rocket then separated and parachuted to the ground.
It was the first major incident for billionaire Jeff Bezos’ spaceflight company since open business services to the public in 2021.
The Federal Aviation Administration, or FAA, is investigating the incident, which it called a “mishap” in a statement sent to Insider.
“The capsule landed safely and the booster impacted within the designated danger area. No injuries or damage to public property have been reported,” the FAA said.
“Before the New Shepard vehicle can fly again, the FAA will determine if any system, process or procedure related to the mishap affected public safety. This is standard practice for all mishap investigations,” the FAA added.