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Alright, Jeff Bezos has successfully reached the verge of space on the vehicle from his spaceflight venture Blue Origin, what’s next? According to Space News, the number two billionaire in the world arranged the industry group including Blue Origin, Sierra Space and some other companies and organizations. They want to build a commercial space station. 

In a presentation associated with the 72nd International Astronautical Congress here, the industry consortium announced its intent to develop Orbital Reef, a modular space station that would be ready to host crews and payloads in the latter half of the 2020s, allowing for a transition from the International Space Station before its projected retirement at the end of the decade.

All companies will contribute a piece to the Space Station

Every member of the team has its area of responsibility. Blue Origin will develop large -diameter core modules and utility systems, as well as provide launch services using its New Glenn rocket under development. Sierra Space, who is a core partner, will provide the station with an inflatable module design called LIFE and its Dream Chaser cargo spaceplane. Boeing will contribute a science module and its CST-100 Starliner crew vehicle, as well as handling station operations, maintenance and engineering. Redwire Space will be responsible for microgravity research and manufacturing, as well as payload operations and deployable structures. Genesis Engineering Solutions will provide a “Single Person Spacecraft” pod it is developing, while Arizona State University will lead a university consortium handling research and outreach.

The Verge also notices that the Orbital Reef is supposed to be as large as the International Space Station. To be more clear, the Orbital Reef will be able to house up to 10 people, and all members will have separate areas for living and conducting science. The company claims that Orbital Reef will be a “mixed-use business park” in space that will have multiple ports and berths for visiting spacecraft and modules, along with various utilities and amenities. The co-working space station will be suitable for a lot of users: space agencies, media and travel companies, entrepreneurs and investors, tech companies, and more.

“As the premier commercial destination in low Earth orbit, Orbital Reef will provide the essential infrastructure needed to scale economic activity and open new markets in space,” Blue Origin writes in a press release. 

During a press conference, Blue Origin and its colleagues/partners didn’t reveal the price of the station, as well as they didn’t uncover how much money each partner would give to the project. “The question you’re asking is part of our business case and not going to give you a specific number,” Brent Sherwood, senior vice president of advanced development programs for Blue Origin, said when asked about the total cost of Orbital Reef.

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