Blue Origin’s NS-23 unmanned research mission ended in an accident. There was no crew on board, so no one was hurt. Except Jeff Bezos’ ego.

At the 65th second of the flight, at an altitude of 8.3 km, the emergency rescue system was activated, which took the ship away from the launch vehicle. A second earlier, abnormal operation of the engine of the New Shepard launch vehicle was noticeable. Later, the capsule landed normally on parachutes.

New Shepard

As a reminder, New Shepard is primarily a tourist attraction, so such a failure may slightly reduce its popularity among the rich. The previous launch of “space” tourists on a rocket, New Shepard took place on August 4, 2022.