What’s Behind Shepard Rocket Failure Launch?
On 12 September 2022, an American Blue Origin aerospace company’s suborbital “New Shepard rocket” failed to launch completely from West Texas.
It was an uncrewed mission carrying scientific equipment to suborbital space, so no one was injured.
During the NS-23 mission, within 65 seconds of flight, the rocket was surrounded by flame before the capsule separated from the launch rocket.
However, the rocket’s abort system activated, and the capsule made a parachute-assisted landing while the booster engine crashed on the ground.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) started the investigation to find out the root cause of the launching failure event related to the system, process or method. However, still, no investigation outcomes have been announced.
It has been six months since this incident, and everyone is wondering about the ongoing investigation.
In a Next-Generation Suborbital conference of Researchers held in Colorado, the company chief, Gary Lai, said that I couldn’t reveal the reason behind the launching failure and at what timeline the Shepard rocket might take off again or any other plans until we make our way back to business.
Also, Lai didn’t reveal any information regarding the BE-3 rocket engine or its relation to the launch’s failure. In the future, this engine can cause huge problems for existing rockets and upcoming projects like the “New Glenn rocket” with a modified BE-3U engine.