Washington (US), September 13: Blue Origin's uncrewed New Shepard rocket experienced a booster failure on Monday, causing the rocket booster to crash.
However, the capsule carrying the experiments survived and safely returned to Earth, according to Jeff Bezos' space company. According to Blue Origin, the launch was set for 8:30 a.m. Monday Central Daylight Time from the company's Launch Site One facility in West Texas. There were no astronauts on board during this payload flight.
"During today's flight, the capsule escape system successfully separated the capsule from the booster. The booster impacted the ground," Blue Origin said on Twitter.
"There are no reported injuries; all personnel have been accounted for," the company added.
The company tweeted a short video of the capsule using emergency thrusters to break from its booster rocket about a minute after launch from Blue Origin's west Texas headquarters.
The mission was the 23rd for the New Shepard rocket programme, named after the first American in space, and the first to fail.
NS-23, which carried 36 experiments, was originally scheduled to launch in late August but was delayed due to inclement weather.
Blue Origin and the nascent space tourism business have suffered a setback as a result of the incident.
Last year, Blue Origin began taking individuals to space on 10-minute rides for an unspecified price.
It has flown 32 individuals, some of whom were paying customers and others who were guests. Among the notable passengers are Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and Star Trek star William Shatner.