Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin Announces Plans for Private Space Station ‘Orbital Reef’


Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin announced Monday that it wants to launch a space station that can house 10 people in the latter half of the decade, as the race to commercialize the universe intensifies.

“Orbital Reef,” described in a press statement as a mixed-use business park in space that will support microgravity research and construction, is a joint venture with commercial space company Sierra Space and backed by Boeing and Arizona State University. .

“For more than sixty years, NASA And other space agencies have developed orbital spaceflight and space habitats, setting us up for commercial business this decade.” blue original Executive Brent Sherwood.

“We will expand access, reduce costs, and provide all the services and facilities needed to normalize space flight.”

The private outpost is just one of many planned for years to come as NASA looks to the future International Space Station After 2020.

The space agency has signed a contract with a company called Axiom to develop a space station that will initially dock with the ISS and later become free-flying.

Last week, space services company NanoRacks in collaboration with Voyager Space and Lockheed Martin announced a planned space station that would be operational by 2027 and be known as Starlab.

According to a fact sheet issued by blue originalOrbital Reef will fly at an altitude of 500 kilometers (310 mi) slightly above the ISS, with residents experiencing 32 sunrises and sunsets a day.

It will support 10 people in a volume of 830 cubic meters (30,000 cubic feet), slightly smaller than the ISS, in a future module with huge windows.

The ISS was completed in 2011 and has long been a symbol of US-Russia space cooperation, although Moscow has recently considered the future of the partnership.

It is currently considered safe until 2028, and new administrator Bill Nelson has said he expects it to last until 2030, by which time NASA wants to advance and replace the commercial sector.

Blue Origin is currently only able to fly into suborbital space with its New Shepard rocket, which exploded the Star Trek actor William Shatner Beyond the Atmosphere, earlier this month.

Its other planned projects include New Glenn, a rocket that can carry cargo and people into orbit, and a lunar lander – although it was lost. Moon contract to opponent SpaceX, and is suing NASA to attempt to reverse that decision.

Bezos, the second richest man in the world thanks to the e-commerce giant heroine, founded Blue Origin in 2000, with the goal of one day creating floating space colonies with artificial gravity where millions of people would work and live, free Earth from pollution.

These colonies will be based on a design by Gerard O’Neill, Bezos’s physics professor at Princeton, and will include counter-rotating cylinders that provide artificial gravity.