New Orbital Destination Opens Up Space For Business And Travel, Creating New Ecosystem
Blue Origin and Sierra Space are developing Orbital Reef, a commercially owned and operated space station to be built in low-Earth orbit. The station will open the next chapter of human space exploration and development by facilitating the growth of a vibrant ecosystem and business model for the future. Orbital Reef is backed by space industry leaders and teammates including Boeing, Redwire Space, Genesis Engineering and Arizona State University.
Orbital Reef is envisioned as a “mixed use business park” in space. This unique destination will offer research, industrial, international, and commercial customers the cost competitive end-to-end services they need including space transportation and logistics, space habitation, equipment accommodation, and operations including onboard crew. The station will start operating in the second half of this decade.
The Orbital Reef business model makes it easy for customers and is strategically designed to support a diverse portfolio of uses.
Sierra Space products on the Orbital Reef station include: Large Integrated Flexible Environment (LIFE) habitat, small-diameter node modules, and runway-landing Dream Chaser spaceplane for crew and cargo transportation.