Jeff Bezos’ rocket company suffered its first launch failure Monday. No one was aboard, only science experiments.
The Blue Origin rocket veered off course over West Texas about a minute after liftoff. The capsule’s launch abort system immediately kicked in, lifting the craft off the top. Several minutes later, the capsule parachuted onto the remote desert floor.
Blue Origin’s launch commentary went silent when the capsule catapulted off the rocket, later announcing: “It appears we’ve experienced an anomaly with today’s flight. This wasn’t planned.”
The mishap occurred as the rocket was traveling nearly 700 mph at an altitude of about 28,000 feet (8,500 meters). There was no video shown of the rocket – only the capsule – after the failure occurred. The rocket usually lands upright on the desert floor and then is recycled for future flights; clearly, that did not happen this time.