- Blue Origin calls Orbital Reef Station a ‘mixed-use business park’ in space.
- The platform will be a collaboration between Blue Origin and Sierra Space along with Boeing, Radwire Space and Genesis Engineering Solutions
- Capable of holding 10, it is aimed at commercial and academic clients as well as space tourists with deep pockets
- Blue Origin says Orbital Reef will be operational between 2025 and 2030
The company founded by Jeff Bezos announced on Monday that Blue Origin is partnering with several aerospace firms to build a private space station.
orbital rock, described in a release As a ‘mixed-use business park’ in space, it is expected to be ready for release into low-Earth orbit by 2030, right around the time NASA plans to mothball the International Space Station.
The proposed platform is a collaboration between Blue Origin and Sierra Space, a subsidiary of aerospace contractor Sierra Nevada Corporation, with additional technology from Boeing, Radwire Space and Genesis Engineering Solutions.
According to the release, “the station will open the next chapter of human space exploration and development by facilitating the development of a vibrant ecosystem and business model for the future.”
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Blue Origin has announced Orbital Reef, a private sector space station it is developing with Sierra Space, a subsidiary of aerospace contractor Sierra Nevada Corporation. Additional resources for the platform, ready for operation by the end of the decade, will come from Boeing, Radwire Space and Genesis Engineering Solutions.
Bezos has been thinking of building a space station for more than a year. According to CNBC, And Blue Origin posted a job listing for the vaguely named ‘Orbital Destinations’ team earlier this month.
“For more than sixty years, NASA and other space agencies have developed orbital space flight and space habitats, setting us up for commercial business this decade,” said Brent Sherwood, Blue Origin’s senior vice president of Advanced Development Programs. .
The orbital reef will have roughly the same habitable volume as the International Space Station, although it will have room for ten people, compared to the ISS’s six.
“We will expand access, reduce costs and provide all the services and facilities needed to normalize space flight,” Sherwood said. ‘Low Earth orbit will develop a vibrant business ecosystem, creating new discoveries, new products, new entertainment and global awareness.’
Blue Origin will produce the station’s utility systems, core modules, and reusable New Glenn Launch System, while Sierra Space is contributing its larger Integrated Flexible Environment (LIFE) module. In addition, its Dream Chaser spacecraft transports cargo and crew to the reef . will transport to and from
Blue Origin will produce the station’s utility system, core module and reusable New Glenn launch system, while Nevada-based Sierra Space is contributing its Large Integrated Flexible Environment (LIFE) module and Dream Chaser spacecraft.
The vessel, capable of landing on runways around the world, will carry cargo and crew to and from the reef.
Sierra Space President Janet Kavandi said in the statement, “As a former NASA astronaut, I look forward to the moment where working and living in space is accessible to more people around the world, and that moment has come.” Has gone.”
In addition to contributing to station operations, maintenance and engineering, Boeing will serve its Starliner spacecraft as the crew vessel, while the Genesis ‘single-person spacecraft’ will be used for ‘routine operations and tourist excursions’.
With space for ten, Orbital Reef is aimed at industrial, commercial and academic clients as well as space tourists
Genesis Program Manager Brand Griffin said: “Astronauts and tourists will have safe, comfortable and quick access outside the Orbital Reef.”
Redwire Space will focus on manufacturing and development, payload operations, deployable structures and microgravity operations.
Following the announcement, shares of Redwire, which went public last month, rose 40 percent to $16.06, before being temporarily halted by the New York Stock Exchange. CNBC told.
As of 3:30 p.m., Riwire stock was trading at $13.34 per share.
Following the announcement, shares of Redwire, which went public last month, rose 40 percent to $16.06 before being temporarily halted by the New York Stock Exchange.
The private sector backstage developers of the first crew in low-Earth orbit see it attractive to “diverse tenants and visitors,” according to the release, including academic, commercial and industrial customers and space tourists.
John Mulholland, Boeing’s program manager for the International Space Station, said that Orbital Reef is not intended to mimic the ISS, but goes a step further to fulfill a unique situation in low Earth orbit where it can be used by a variety of companies and companies. can serve the host. Non-expert team.’
“It demands the same kind of expertise we used to first design and then build the International Space Station and the same skills we employ every day to operate, maintain and maintain the ISS,” he said. ”
Blue Origins CEO Jeff Bezos (above) has reportedly been looking to build a space station for over a year and posted a job listing for the ‘Orbital Destination’ team earlier this month.
in March, NASA announces plans To ensure continued human presence in low-Earth orbit after decommissioning of the ISS through the Commercial Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) Destination (CLD) project.
Orbital Reef is the second private sector platform announcement in as many weeks: on Thursday, Lockheed Martin Shared plans for the space station In collaboration with Voyager Space.
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