Blue Origin says it will build Orbital Reef, a business park in space …

Orbital Reef is a new commercial space stop that Blue Origin says will be operational by the end of the decade. It’s seen here in a promotional photo released by the company.

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Orbital Reef is a new commercial space stop that Blue Origin says will be operational by the end of the decade. It’s seen here in a promotional photo released by the company.

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First came the tourists. Next comes the business. Blue Origin says it will create a new privately owned space stop in orbit around the Earth — what it calls a “mixed-use business park” in space.

The company announced the plan months after completing its first human space flight on the New Shepard set afloat means, an endeavor that included taking a paying customer into space.

The new commercial space stop will be called Orbital Reef, and Blue Origin — which is owned by billionaire Amazon founder Jeff Bezos — says that by the end of the 2020s, it will become “the premier mixed-use space stop in low Earth orbit for commerce, research, and tourism.”

“The stop will open the next chapter of human space exploration and development by easing the growth of a vibrant ecosystem and business form for the future,” Blue Origin said Monday as it unveiled the plan.

possible customers for the stop range from space agencies and high-tech groups to countries that don’t have their own space programs, in addition as media and travel companies, the company says.

Several companies are working with Blue Origin on the ambitious space stop plan, including Sierra Space, maker of the reusable Dream Chaser spaceplane that is able to land at ordinary airports. Other partners include Boeing, Redwire Space, Genesis Engineering Solutions and Arizona State University.

“Now, anyone can establish an address in orbit,” Blue Origin said. “Orbital Reef expands access, lowers the cost, and provides everything needed to help you function your business in space.”

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