Blue Origin’s uncrewed capsule safely escapes after midflight anomaly

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Blue Origin’s uncrewed NS-23 launch experiences an anomaly | Image: Blue Origin (YouTube)

Blue Origin’s NS-23 uncrewed flight ended abruptly on Saturday morning after the spaceflight company aborted the mission due to an issue with the New Shepard rocket’s booster. The failure happened just as the rocket reached MaxQ, or the moment when it reaches maximum dynamic pressure.

Blue Origin confirmed that the rocket suffered a booster failure on Twitter, but notes the “escape system performed as designed.” In a later update, Blue Origin adds that the “booster impacted the ground” and that there were “no reported injuries.”

The rocket took off at around 10:26AM ET from Blue…

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