Blue Origin scrubs New Shepard rocket launch due to power glitch

Blue Origin’s New Shepard house capsule and rocket on the pad on the firm’s West Texas Launch Website in January 2019. The identical rocket will launch the NS-13 mission in September 2020.

(Picture: © Blue Origin)

Blue Origin known as off the deliberate launch of its New Shepard rocket from West Texas at this time (Sept. 24), citing an influence glitch.

The reusable New Shepard rocket and capsule had been initially scheduled to elevate off on an uncrewed check flight from the corporate’s West Texas launch facility at 10 a.m. CDT (11 a.m. EDT; 1500 GMT). About an hour earlier than liftoff, Blue Origin delayed the launch by 100 minutes “to permit for the cloud cowl to clear in West Texas,” the corporate tweeted this morning. 

However as these cloudy skies cleared up, Blue Origin found one other drawback, this time with the scientific payloads contained in the capsule. 

“We have detected a possible situation with the ability provide to the experiments. Launch is scrubbed for at this time,” Blue Origin tweeted about 30 minutes earlier than the newly focused liftoff time. A brand new launch date has but to be introduced. 

Associated: Blue Origin’s wonderful NS-11 New Shepard check flight in photographs

We’ve detected a possible situation with the ability provide to the experiments. Launch is scrubbed for at this time. New launch goal forthcoming.September 24, 2020

Hitching a experience to and from house aboard New Shepard are 12 science payloads, although Blue Origin didn’t specify which payloads had been affected by the ability glitch. One of many payloads is NASA’s Deorbit, Descent and Touchdown Sensor Demonstration, which can assist develop new precision touchdown applied sciences for future human missions to the lunar floor.

“The experiment will confirm how these applied sciences (sensors, computer systems, and algorithms) work collectively to find out a spacecraft’s location and pace because it approaches the moon, enabling a automobile to land autonomously on the lunar floor inside 100 meters of a chosen level,” Blue Origin officers mentioned in a assertion

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The Blue Origin New Shepard (NS-13) booster sensor experiment undergoes integration and testing on the firm’s West Texas launch facility. (Picture credit score: Blue Origin)

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NASA’s Protected and Exact Touchdown – Built-in Capabilities Evolution (SPLICE) descent and touchdown pc, seen right here within the foreground, and the navigation Doppler lidar engineering check unit (background) endure preparations for a suborbital flight check. (Picture credit score: Blue Origin)

Another payloads on NS-13 embody: 

  • µG-LilyPond, a floating plant development system for microgravity environments
  • BORE II will check a brand new system for sampling and anchoring to asteroids
  • LAD-2 will display how liquid and gasoline interface in microgravity
  • Circulation Boiling in Microgap Coolers (FBMC), a brand new cooling know-how for protecting spacecraft from overheating

A brand new launch date for Blue Origin’s NS-13 mission shall be supplied as soon as accessible.

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