Blue Origin aborts unmanned space mission after launch failure

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A Blue Origin capsule carrying cargo on a space flight needed to have its unmanned mission aborted on Monday (12), shortly after takeoff in the US state of Texas.

The movement of the capsule detaching itself from the New Shepard rocket saved the contents of the payload from an apparent malfunction near the rocket’s engine section, according to what was broadcast live by the space company of billionaire Jeff Bezos.

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See in the video below the moment when the Blue Origin capsule performs the movement of aborting the mission.

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In a message posted on Twitter, Blue Origin reported that the capsule’s escape system worked as designed.

“We are responding to an issue this morning at our West Texas launch site. This was a payload mission with no astronauts on board,” the company wrote.

“More information will come as it becomes available,” he adds.

No humans were aboard the capsule, which sat atop the company’s New Shepard suborbital rocket loaded with NASA-funded research payloads and other payloads that were supposed to float in microgravity for a few minutes at about 99.78 km above the ground.

But a minute after liftoff and about five miles above the ground, the engines of the New Shepard thruster fired, triggering the capsule’s abort system that launched the spacecraft away from its rocket before returning to earth intact for a safe landing. with parachute.

The flight was the 23rd New Shepard mission by Blue Origin, the space company founded by Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos.

Source: CNN Brasil

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