Blue Origin Tests 'Escape Pod' Capability

Take a look at this short video of an escape motor test and successful rocket recovery by Blue Origins.


(New Shepard In-flight Escape Test)

New Shepard performed an in-flight test of the capsule’s full-envelope escape system, designed to quickly propel the crew capsule to safety if a problem is detected with the booster. At T+0:45 and 16,053 feet (4,893 meters), the capsule separated and the escape motor fired, pushing the capsule safely away from the booster. Reaching an apogee of 23,269 feet (7,092 meters), the capsule then descended under parachutes to a gentle landing on the desert floor. After the capsule escape, the booster continued its ascent, reaching an apogee of 307,458 feet (93,713 meters). At T+7:29, the booster executed a controlled, vertical landing back at the West Texas Launch Site, completing its fifth and final mission.

Fans of sci-fi movies of course recall the escape pods from the first Star Wars film in 1976.


(Star Wars escape pod)

Read more details about early space craft life boat strategies in this earlier article Escape Pods, Refuge Of ISS Astronauts From Space Junk.

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