Space company Blue Origin and Boeing announced plans to make a commercial space station called “Orbital Reef”. Their goal is to launch the spacecraft in the second half of this decade. The business venture will be built in partnership with Sierra Space, the spaceflight wing of defense contractor Sierra Nevada Corp. It will also be backed by Redwire Space, Genesis Engineering Solutions, and Arizona State University.
According to Blue Origin and Sierra Space, the space station will be used as a “mixed-use business park,” which can scale economic activity and open new markets in space. In a statement, the companies said “Seasoned space agencies, high-tech consortia, sovereign nations without space programs, media and travel companies, funded entrepreneurs and sponsor investors, and future-minded investors all have a place on Orbital Reef.
Back in April Sierra announced plans to offer the first free-flying commercial space station. The Blue Origin company had a successful debut in space tourism, which took Bezos and three others into space. Earlier, this month Blue Origin took William Shatner into space.
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