A major incident occurred when a space capsule from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ company Blue Origin was launched. Shortly after the launch of an unmanned research equipment capsule in the US state of Texas, the launcher crashed to the ground on Monday, according to Blue Origin. The capsule itself is undamaged, as it was able to detach itself from its carrier with an emergency system.
Blue Origin released a short video on Monday showing the capsule detaching from the launch vehicle.
The US aviation authority said it is investigating the incident.
The now-failed takeoff of the research pod was the 23rd flight as part of the New Shepard program, named after the first American citizen in space, astronaut Alan Shepard. All previous launches had gone smoothly.
So far, 32 people have traveled to space as part of the program, including Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos and former Star Trek actor William Shatner.
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