Blue Origin Reportedly Delays Its First Launch Attempt in Over a Year

Blue Origin reportedly delays its first launch attempt in over a year. Blue Origin of Jeff Bezos has not flown a rocket ever since it was grounded by the FAA.

Blue Origin Delays Its First Launch Attempt in Over a Year

Blue Origin Delays Its First Launch Attempt in Over a Year

Tech conglomerate, Blue Origin, a space tourism firm has set its sights on a New Shepard launch window that kicks off on Monday at 10:30 AM ET, which is its first attempt ever since the rocket booster failed during its September 2022 launch. As per a post by Blue Origin, cold temperatures at the launch site have reportedly pushed the start of the launch window back an hour later than announced prior to this.

Blue Origin’s New Shepard Rocket Will Be Launching from Its Launch Site One in West Texas

The firm says that its New Shepard rocket will be launching from its Launch Site One in West Texas. Blue Origin will start livestreaming the launch on its website 20 minutes just before the countdown.

This in question will be the 24th launch of the reusable New Shepard rocket, and it will reportedly carry 33 science payloads. Many of its launches have been uncrewed, but just as noted by Engadget, six of them have had human beings on board, and this is including William Shatner. Just in the previous year, the uncrewed NS-23 launch of Blue Origin failed, thus prompting a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) investigation at the time.

The Cause of the Failure of the First Launch According To the FAA

The FAA  in its September report stated that the “proximate cause” of the failure was an engine nozzle that reportedly succumbed to “higher than expected engine operating temperatures,” but also noted that debris from the mishap was completely contained in the “designated hazard area.” The agency in question then gave the company 21 corrective actions to keep the same failure from taking place again, “including redesign of engine and nozzle components” and organizational changes.

The Rocket Will Be Carrying 38,000 Postcards

The rocket as you should know will also be carrying 38,000 postcards that are sent by students taking part in Blue Origin’s Club for the Future program promoting STEM education. Club for the Future as you should know accepts physical postcards for New Shepard missions, but the club on the other hand also sends along a hard drive that is filled with digital submissions.

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