An unmanned spaceship bankrolled by Amazon.com Inc. CEO Jeff Bezos was unsuccessful during a new experiment flight.
The vehicle became unstable at 45,000 feet and ground controllers had to end it as a safeguard. Extra facts about what went wrong were not unconfined.
Bezos founded Blue Origin to develop a vertical takeoff and landing rocket ship that would fly passengers to suborbital space. It lately won money from NASA to compete to go into orbit as a space taxi now that the space transport fleet is retired.
The accident took place during a test flight last week from Blue Origin's West Texas spaceport. The ultra-secretive company notified the Federal Aviation Administration about the launch and only acknowledged the accident in public on Friday.
Blue Origin's failure shines a spotlight on the risks of commercial space ventures.
SpaceX, which has a NASA agreement to build up a commercial vehicle to haul supplies and astronauts, suffered three rocket failures earlier than it found achievement.
Virgin Galactic, founded by Sir Richard Branson, lost three workers in 2007 after blast rocked a California airport during testing of a propellant structure for its space tourism vehicle. The company is presently conducting flight tests in the Mojave Desert and has not set a date for the 1st passenger flights.