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Blue Origin Pins Last Summer's NS-23 Rocket Failure On A Faulty Engine Nozzle

  • Blue Origin now has an explanation for the booster failure that cut a New Shepard flight short last September.
  • Jeff Bezos' company has determined that a "thermo-structural failure" in the NS-23 rocket's engine nozzle was to blame.
  • Operational temperatures for the nozzle climbed higher than expected following cooling system design changes, creating fatigue that misaligned the thrust and activated the crew capsule's escape system.