Blue Origin will work with Sierra Space and Boeing to build a commercial space station.
The Orbital Reef station reflects Jeff Bezos’ vision to carry out high-carbon work in space.
The station is to be rented out for work, research and tourism.
Blue Origin announced plans to build its own commercial space station on Monday. The company plans to commission the space station, which has been christened “Orbital Reef”, between 2025 and 2030. Jeff Bezos’ space company wants to use the station as a “mixed-use business park” that will provide space for trade, research and space tourism.
Orbital Reef should be almost as big as the International Space Station and can accommodate about ten people, according to the press release. Various facilities are also planned, including on-site medical care and recreational facilities.
“For more than sixty years, NASA and other space agencies have pioneered orbital spaceflight and space living, paving the way for commercial operations to begin this decade,” said Brent Sherwood, senior vice president of advanced development programs at Blue Origin . “We will expand access, reduce costs, and provide all the services and amenities required to normalize space travel. A vibrant business ecosystem will evolve in low earth orbit, generating new discoveries, new products, new entertainment options, and global awareness. “
The project is the result of a partnership with Sierra Space, a subsidiary of the space company Sierra Nevada Corporation, as well as Boeing, Redwire Space and Genesis Engineering. Orbital Reef echoes Bezos’ vision for Blue Origin, which is focused on moving carbon-intensive industries into space.
An Orbital Reef spokesman told CNBC that NASA has already announced that it will be an “anchor tenant” at the new station. Blue Origin’s schedule is for the space station to be operational before NASA retires the International Space Station. The company plans to apply for a NASA contract under the Commercial LEO Destinations program that could save the space agency over a billion dollars a year through the use of private companies.
Blue Origin isn’t the only company bidding for the NASA contract, however. Just last week, three space companies announced that they were working together to build a space station called Starlab by 2027.
CNBC previously reported that Blue Origin has been considering building a space station for over a year and has posted several open positions for an “Orbital Destinations” team. Blue Origin may not have launched a rocket yet, but the space company made its second manned space flight earlier this month.
This text was translated from English by Mascha Wolf. You can find the original here.