Jeff Bezos is about to soar into space on New Shepard, the Blue Origin rocket that has performed 15 successful test launches but has never flown humans before. So how safe is it?
Blue Origin Senior Director Gary Lai, a former NASA employee, said it was the safest capsule and vehicle ever designed for a man’s flight into space, adding that ‘he would even have his children on board, reports Rachel Crane of CNN.
“Every system on board necessary for safety has a backup. And in most cases, there is a backup to the backup,” he told CNN.
“The biggest back-up system on board is the crew evacuation system. If there is something wrong with the rocket, it will automatically ignite a solid rocker motor that will propel the capsule… and land. safely, ”he said.
Lai, who is known as the architect of New Shepard, gave another example to demonstrate the safety of the rocket:
“We have three parachutes on board; they open every time. We’ve never had a failure. But only one of them needs to open to land safely. And that’s just the start. . Every computer on board, every battery, every sensor, every wire, every mechanism that we need for safety has one or two backups. “