Blue Origin successfully tests landing with failed parachute

The New Shepard capsule suspended during post-landing recovery operations. Note the “bumper ring” on the bottom of the capsule. Image credit: Blue Origin

The New Shepard capsule suspended during post-landing recovery operations. Note the “bumper ring” on the bottom of the capsule. Image credit: Blue Origin

Landing with a failed parachute is not a condition a company would normally want their spacecraft to encounter, but that was exactly the scenario Blue Origin planned for the fourth test flight of their New Shepard vehicle last month. After a month of analysis, Blue Origin’s founder, Jeff Bezos, gave the word in an e-mail update that the test was a success.

You can read more in my full write-up at SpaceFlight Insider.