Blue Origin's New Shepard flight failed, capsule safe and sound

This Monday, September 12, the suborbital flight of Blue Origin's New Shepard capsule failed. One minute after takeoff, the booster suffered a malfunction which caused the capsule to be ejected immediately. Luckily, there were no space tourists on board this flight, only experiments. The New Shepard NS-23 flight had already been postponed three times due to unfavorable weather. This Monday, the capsule on its booster was to take off at 3:30 p.m. Paris time but, on several occasions, the countdown had been suspended, without Blue Origin specifying why. The capsule finally takes off at 4:26 p.m. from site number 1 of Blue Origin's Corn Ranch in Texas. The flight profile was that of a suborbitalsuborbital flight: vertical takeoff and climb to an altitude of 100 km, the international limit of space, then descent under parachuteparachute while the booster detached earlier in the ascent had to pose to be reused — the capsule is also reused. Their last flight was in August 2021, with lunar experiments on board. Engine problem and capsule ejection Some 1 min 02 s after takeoff, the engine propulsion seemed to have a problem and ejected a large flame. Two seconds later, the main engine BE-3 spits, this time, another abnormal flame. Only a second later, the New Shepard's on-board computer decides to eject the capsule for safety by lighting a solid propellant engine, very effective in freeing the capsule from the failing booster on the verge of the explosion. It is flawless in terms of the capsule ejection test in the event of an explosion, which can reassure passengers on other flights to come. During an ejection, they will be shaken for a few seconds, but unharmed. Indeed, seven and a half minutes after takeoff, the capsule lands serenely under parachute. Blue Origin Live from flight NS-23. The New Shepard takes off at 01:20:50 Fortunately, there were no passengers on board. The flight carried 36 experiments, including some from NASA. It is clear that they will not have benefited from the desired conditions. The next flight may arrive later than scheduled in Blue Origin's schedule. The company of Jeff BezosJeff Bezos will now shed light on this failure of the booster before boarding passengers again for its tourist flights, and perhaps even make an unmanned flight before. Note, however, that the faulty booster was not qualified for manned flight, unlike the others used by Blue Origin for its passenger flights. Blue Origin had had no problems in the last 20 flights.