The Blue Origin New Shepard rocket test has proven to be successful.
There had been fears of conflagrations and explosions taking place upon the launch of the Blue Origin New Shepard rocket. Yet thankfully no such thing occurred. The rocket and space vehicle both landed easily in a desert in Texas.
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This happens to be the fifth such space vehicle which has been successfully launched and landed by Blue Origin. The smooth as silk journey and return trip of the vehicle proved to be a pleasant surprise of sorts for Blue Origin.
The reason behind the test flight was to see how the escape system of the New Shepard functioned. This is the very feature which is meant to provide safety to passengers on board.
Were the rocket to undergo an explosion, the escape system would function as an emergency exit scheme that would haul the crew and travelers on board out of harm’s way.
This escape system was in action approximately 45 seconds after the space flight began. A rocket motor underwent ignition underneath the New Shepard crew capsule. This crew capsule is the one which is supposed to carry the passengers, according to The Verge.
The motor burned for two seconds only. Yet this created such a strong thrust that it carried the capsule a large distance away from the rocket. Then a parachute opened and safely hauled the capsule down to the desert floor in a gentle and facilitating manner.
Before this whole operation took place, it was thought that the ignition of the motor would be too great for the rocket booster to manage. Indeed, it appeared to be a case of too much too soon. Yet the reality of the situation was such that everything went as per plan.
The landing took place in a nice and easy way. Even if the booster rocket had exploded and crashed in the desert, the whole operation would still have been a success.
This is because the only expectation was the recovery of the crew capsule. Yet landing the booster rocket was like a bonus which made everyone happy at Blue Origin.
Blue Origin has the right to celebrate big time and Jeff Bezos ought to cut the cake. As for the rocket which made it back in one piece, it will spend the rest of its days in a museum.