Blue Origin Has No Safety Issues, Says US Aviation Regulator After Investigation

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The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said Friday that it had found no security issues after investigating allegations against Blue Origin’s human spaceflight program.

The FAA said in September that it would review security concerns raised by former Blue Origin employees. The FAA said Friday it was closing its investigation after finding “no specific security issues” and was not taking any action against billionaire Jeff Bezos’ space agency.

Alexandra Abrams, former head of Blue Origin Employee Communications, and 20 other anonymous Blue Origin employees and former employees, said in an article that they have “seen a decision-making pattern that often prioritizes speed over execution and cost reduction over appropriate resources.”

A spokesman for Blue Origin did not immediately comment on Friday, but said in September that Abrams had been fired for “two years ago” after repeated warnings about problems with federal export control regulations.

Abrams told CBS News, which first reported the allegations, that he had never received any warnings about export control issues.

In July, Bezos boarded a submarine flight in a New Shepard launch vehicle about 66.5 miles (107 km) above the Texas desert.

Blue Origin said in September that it “stands by our safety record and believes the New Shepard is the safest spacecraft ever designed or built.”

The article states that a 2018 team from Blue Origin “has documented more than 1,000 issues related to engines that power Blue Origin rockets, which have never been resolved.”

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