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Bezos' rocket company identifies cause of crash that grounded rocket for 6 months
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Actor William Shatner discusses his upcoming launch to space.
An overheated rocket engine was to blame for last year's Blue Origin launch failure, resulting in grounded flights for the last six months.
During the September flight, as the New Shepard rocket started veering off course just a minute in, the escape system was triggered and the capsule catapulted off and parachuted to safety.
"The direct cause of the NS-23 mishap was a thermo-structural failure of the engine nozzle," the spaceflight company said in a Friday release. "The resulting thrust misalignment properly triggered the crew capsule escape system, which functioned as designed throughout the flight."
While the capsule and its payloads were brought to a safe landing at Launch Site One with no damage, the rocket came crashing down.