Blue Origin plans to build a ‘mixed-use’ space station by the end of the decade

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Blue Origin, the space company owned by Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, is teaming up with other firms to build a space station in Earth orbit. The group announced its plans on Monday, revealing the latest concept for a privately built orbital outpost that could replace or complement the International Space Station.

Called Orbital Reef, the proposed space station is described as a “mixed-use business park” in space. The project’s announcement comes months after Blue Origin completed its first human space flight, which included Bezos along with three others. Partners in the project include Sierra Space, Boeing, Redwire Space, Genesis Engineering Solutions, and Arizona State University

As per Blue Origin’s announcement, Orbital Reef “will provide the essential infrastructure needed to scale economic activity and open new markets in space.” The company intends for the station to serve a range of customers from space agencies to media and travel companies. They also claim that the station will start operating in the second half of this decade.

Blue Origin plans to build a 'mixed-use' space station by the end of the decade

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