Blue Origin and Boeing chart the course for a “business park” in space

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Orbital Reef will be operated as a “mixed-use business park” and plans to provide the infrastructure necessary to expand economic activity and open up new markets in the space.

Blue Origin, owned by billionaire Jeff Bezos, on Monday unveiled plans to develop a commercial space station called “Orbital Reef” with Boeing, with the aim of launching the spacecraft in the second half of this decade.

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The company will be built in partnership with Sierra Space, the spaceflight wing of defense contractor Sierra Nevada Corp, and will be supported by Redwire Space, Genesis Engineering Solutions and Arizona State University.

Orbital Reef will operate as a “mixed-use business park” and plans to provide the infrastructure necessary to expand economic activity and open up new markets in space, Blue Origin and Sierra Space said.

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“Seasoned space agencies, high-tech consortia, sovereign nations without space programs, media and travel companies, sponsored entrepreneurs and sponsored inventors and forward-looking investors all have their place on Orbital Reef.” the companies said in a statement.

Sierra announced in April its intention to offer the first commercial free-flight space station.

In July, Blue Origin performed a successful first space tourism flight, with Bezos and three others on board. Earlier this month, 90-year-old American actor William Shatner – Captain James Kirk of the “Star Trek” celebrity – became the oldest person in space aboard a rocket piloted by Blue Origin .


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