Commercially Developed Spaced stop to be Built by Jeff Bezos Compan…

Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin is teaming up with Sierra Space to build their own space stop, dubbed Orbital Reef, that should be in operation in just a few years.

The companies announced the endeavor Monday, saying they planned to build a commercially developed, owned and operated low revolving space stop that will be operational toward the second half of the 2020s.

The space stop will offer an assortment of customers including research facilities, industrial and other customers the cost-competitive end-to-end sets they need in space, including transportation and logistics, habitation, equipment accommodation, and operations, including onboard crew.

All these businesses will function together as a “mixed-use business park.”

“For over 60 years, NASA and other space agencies have developed orbital space flight and space habitation, setting us up for commercial business to take off in this decade,” said Brent Sherwood, senior vice president of progressive development programs for Blue Origin. “We will expand access, lower the cost, and provide all the sets and amenities needed to normalize space flight. A vibrant business ecosystem will grow in low Earth orbit, generating new discoveries, new products, new entertainments, and global awareness.”

Blue Origin is partnering with Sierra Space to build the stop. Sierra is currently developing the Dream Chaser spaceplane that will be launched into orbit inside a rocket to resupply the ISS.

Sierra will also develop the LIFE and node modules of the space stop.

Photos: Blue Origin Teams With Sierra Space to Build Commercial Space stop

“As a former NASA astronaut, I’ve been waiting for the moment where working and living in space is easy to reach to more people worldwide, and that moment has arrived,” said Dr. Janet Kavandi, former three-time NASA astronaut and Sierra Space president.

“The microgravity ecosystem presents an thoroughly new arena for commercial and scientific development, making Orbital Reef the platform that will set afloat new technologies and capabilities dramatically improving life on Earth while enabling humanity’s journey to the stars,” said Mike Gold, Executive Vice President for Civil Space and External Affairs at Redwire.

Orbital Reef will help continue microgravity research, development, and manufacturing activities which also help improvement fields ranging from communications and biotechnology.

“This is exciting for us because this project does not duplicate the immensely successful and lasting ISS, but rather goes a step further to fulfill a rare position in low Earth orbit where it can serve a different range of companies and great number non-specialist crews,” said John Mulholland, Boeing vice president and program manager for the International Space stop. “It calls for the same kind of skill we used to first design and then build the International Space stop and the same skills we use every day to function, continue and sustain the ISS.”

An different to space suits for spacewalks, the Single Person Spacecraft, will be developed by Genesis Engineering Solutions. The “suit” is designed for servicing and exploration of the ISS, NEOs and satellites and it can be piloted or controlled remotely.

“The Single-Person Spacecraft will transform spacewalking,” said Brand Griffin, Program Manager for Genesis Engineering Solutions. “Space workers and tourists alike will have safe, comfortable, and quick access outside Orbital Reef. Shirtsleeve ecosystem, great visibility, automated guidance, and progressive accuracyn manipulators will make external operations cost-effective and routine.”

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