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Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin unveils Ocean Reef private space station


An illustration of the orbiting “Ocean Reef” space station.

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WASHINGTON – Jeff Bezos’Blue Origin, which will be building a partnership with many space companies to build “Orbital Reef” private space station that it plans to put into operation between 2025- 2030 revealed Monday its blueprint for the space station.

Blue Origin describes the Orbital Reef station, which would be habitable for up to 10 people, as a “mixed use business park” in space – as well as capable of “exotic hospitality” for space tourists.

Ocean Reef was designed to be almost twice as large as the International Space Station in terms of habitable area.

Sierra Space is the primary partner of the company for the station. This subsidiary of the aerospace contractor Sierra Nevada Corporation also includes the crew. Boeing Redwire SpaceGenesis Engineering.

Redwire vice president Mike Gold stated that they are only beginning to grasp the immense implications of microgravity research and development, manufacturing, and how it can be used for exploration and discovery, as well as for improving the quality of life here on Earth.

Blue Origin will be providing the space station with its “utility system” and “core module”, and it plans to use their New Glenn rocket for Ocean Reef.

Sierra Space will contribute its LIFE habitat, which is essentially an inflatable space station module. It plans to use the Dream Chaser spacecraft for crew and cargo transport to and from the station.

Redwire Space which went public in SeptemberThe station’s payload operations will be managed by, and the station will also build portable structures. Redwire will also be using Orbital reef for microgravity development, research and manufacturing.

Boeing will create Ocean Reef’s science-focused module, run its operations and conduct maintenance engineering. It also has plans to make use of the space giant’s existing technology. its Starliner capsuleTransport crew members and cargo from the station.

Genesis Engineering will provide its “Single Person Spacecraft”, a system that Genesis Engineering describes as an option to a spacesuit.

Bezos’ firm has been considering building a station in space for over a year. CNBC previously reportedThe company also added several job openings earlier in the month for its “Orbital Destinations” team.

Bezos vision: Working and living in space

Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s founder, chairman, CEO, and president, gives his thumbs-up during an event in Washington on May 9, 2019, about Blue Origin’s plans for space exploration.

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Orbital Reef is at the heart of Bezos’ vision for Blue Origin. It was to move “industries that are stressing Earth” into space.

Bezos has personally increased his involvement at Blue OriginFollowing his resignation as CEO, he then resigned. AmazonThis summer. The success of the company with its suborbital New Shepard rocket, having flown two successful crewed flightsBlue Origin has been subject to scrutiny until now due to soaring employee turnoverAnd allegations of safety issues, as well as a “toxic” work cultureFormer employees.

Blue Origin is a company that has teamed up with other major space companies beforeAfter being partnered with Lockheed Martin Northrop GrummanDraper will build a crewed lunar landing vehicle for NASA’s HLS program.

Blue Origin won an award of $579 million for early development. However, the team lost its $2.9B contract. Elon Musk’sSpaceX in 2009 Blue Origin has since taken NASA to court, filing a lawsuitThe space agency should reverse its lunar lander award.

NASA Space station race heats up

Concept art for the “Starlab” space station


NASA is funding one company’s ambitions under an independent contract to the CLD program. Axiom Space with $140 million. Axiom is planning to construct modules that can connect to the ISS. Axiom would then detach the modules from the ISS and make it a space station that can fly for free when it retires.

Illustration of three modules that the company has connected to the International Space Station.

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