Amazon Chief’s Spaceship Misfires


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Bad news for commercial space: A test of Amazon chief’s Blue Origin spaceship ended in failure on Friday.

After The Wall Street Journal reported on the failure, Blue Origin Friday posted a brief note on its website stating the spacecraft, while going faster than the speed of sound, suffered a “flight instability” at an altitude of 45,000 feet and the company’s automated “range safety system” shut off all thrust and led to its destruction. The problem appeared to stem from thrusters that didn’t respond properly to the initial commands, according to one industry official.

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  • I suppose this had to happen eventually; far preferable that it be during unmanned tests. I worry about the inevitable future accident with someone’s vehicle carrying passengers. The press will whip themselves into a frenzy.

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