During the launch of Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket, the spacecraft was accidentally separated from the launch vehicle as part of the NS-23 mission.
This moment was caught on camera during the webcast (time code – 1:21:46).
New Shepard Launched by Blue Origin
New Shepard was developed by Blue Origin to launch space tourists.
It is a small single-stage rocket system that cannot accelerate the spacecraft to the first space velocity, so the launch takes place in an almost vertical trajectory and returns to approximately the same area.
During the NS-23 mission, the ship’s emergency rescue system failed. The mission takes place in unmanned mode with equipment for scientific experiments. The emergency escape system is a small rocket engine with enough fuel to steer the spacecraft away from the rocket if something goes wrong with the rocket.
New Shepard Launch Accident
About a minute after launch, obvious technical problems began to appear: the fuel from the rocket’s main engine became incredibly sharp, several times larger, and the rocket itself began to tilt. Immediately after activating the emergency system, New Shepard turned to one side and the ship released its parachute to descend. The accident occurred during periods of maximum aerodynamic resistance, when engine power was reduced. Blue Origin has not yet released a possible cause of the accident.