Subcommittee Chair Calls for Bezos Rocket Investigation

Rocket launch failed in Texas.

Chair of the House Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics Representative Don Beyer of Virginia was joined by fellow subcommittee member Representative Brian Babin of Texas in writing a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regarding an aborted rocket launch. Jeff Bezos’ space company, Blue Origin, experienced a mid-launch failure of its recent rocket, which triggered its abort system before crashing in the Texas desert. The representatives called for the FAA to conduct a full investigation into the matter.

“We are relieved that no humans were onboard for the New Shepard 23 (NS-23) mission and that the abort system functioned as designed,” the letter stated. “However, just over a month ago, a New Shepard vehicle carried out Blue Origin’s sixth human commercial suborbital spaceflight in just over a year. On a different day with a different mission, this vehicle’s anomaly could have put human lives in danger.” 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the subcommittee members as they seek to keep humans safe from failed rocket launches.
  • For Acting Administrator Nolen as he considers the request of the congressmen to investigate the aborted launch.
  • For private sector companies to consider the safety of the public as they innovate, develop, and advance new technologies.

Sources: The Hill, Reuters


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