- Press Release
- Oct 31, 2023
FAA Statement: Overseeing The Investigation Into New Shepard NS-23 Abort
The FAA will oversee the investigation of Blue Origin’s NS-23 mishap that occurred at its Launch Site One location in West Texas.
The anomaly that occurred triggered the capsule escape system. The capsule landed safely and the booster impacted within the designated hazard area. No injuries or public property damage have been reported.
This was a payload only mission; there were no humans aboard.
Before the New Shepard vehicle can return to flight, the FAA will determine whether any system, process, or procedure related to the mishap affected public safety. This is standard practice for all mishap investigations.
The FAA is responsible for protecting the public during commercial space transportation launch and reentry operations.