Orbital Reef
Station statistics
LaunchBy 2030
Mission statusIn planning
Pressurized volume830 m3 (29,000 cu ft)

Orbital Reef is the name given to the planned low Earth orbit (LEO) space station designed by Blue Origin and Sierra Nevada Corporation's Sierra Space for commercial space activities and space tourism uses. Blue Origin has referred to it as a "mixed-use business park".[1] The companies released preliminary plans on 25 October 2021. The station is being designed to support 10 persons in 830 m3 of volume.[2] The station is supposed to be operational by 2030.[3]

On 2 December 2021, NASA announced it had selected Blue Origin as one of three companies to develop designs of space stations and other commercial destinations in space. Blue Origin was awarded $130 million.[4] These Space Act Agreements are the first phase of two with which NASA aims to maintain an uninterrupted U.S. presence in low-Earth orbit by transitioning from the International Space Station to other platforms.[5]

Partners

Blue Origin and Sierra Space have partnered with several companies and institutions to realize the project:[6][7]

See also

References

  1. ^ Chappell, Bill (25 October 2021). "Blue Origin says it will build an orbiting mixed-use business park in space". NPR. Retrieved 29 November 2021.
  2. ^ Grush, Loren (25 October 2021). "Blue Origin reveals plans for future commercial space station called Orbital Reef". The Verge. Retrieved 29 November 2021.
  3. ^ Wall, Mike (25 October 2021). "Blue Origin unveils plans to build a private space station called Orbital Reef by 2030". Space.com. Retrieved 29 November 2021.
  4. ^ Howell, Elizabeth (2 December 2021). "NASA awards $415 million for private space stations amid ISS transition questions". Space.com. Retrieved 6 December 2021.
  5. ^ "NASA Selects Companies to Develop Commercial Destinations in Space". 2 December 2021.
  6. ^ Blue Origin. "Public announcement by Blue Origin, Sierra Space and several other companies and institutions" (PDF). Blue Origin.
  7. ^ Blue Origin (25 October 2021). "BLUE ORIGIN AND SIERRA SPACE DEVELOPING COMMERCIAL SPACE STATION New Orbital Destination Opens Up Space For Business And Travel, Creating New Ecosystem" (PDF). Blue Origin. Retrieved 26 October 2021.
  8. ^ "Sierra Space to work with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries on commercial space station technologies". SpaceNews. 17 March 2022. Retrieved 9 April 2022.