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Orbital Reef, Outer Space (2021)

Artist/Designer: Blue Origin

Project Location: Outer Space

Figure 1: The Core Module of Orbital Reef, Computer Rendering ( Source | Accessed : May 12, 2022 )
Figure 2: Orbital Reef Interior,
Computer Rendering
( Source | Accessed : May 5, 2022 )
Figure 3: Orbital Reef Interior,
Computer Rendering
( Source | Accessed : May 5, 2022 )
Figure 4: Orbital Reef Exterior Rendering ( Source | Accessed : May 5, 2022 )


Primary Material(s):

Hospitality, Transportation, Science

Related Website(s):

Significant Date(s):
21st Century

Additional Information:
Publications/Texts in Print:
"Blue Origin and Sierra Space developing commercial space station." Blue Origin, October 25, 2021.
Carlson, Cajsa. "Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin announces plans for "mixed-use business park" in space." Dezeen, October 28, 2021.
Foust, Jeff. "Orbital Reef passes design review." Space News, April 5, 2022.
Margetta, Robert. "NASA Selects Companies to Develop Commercial Destinations in Space." NASA, Dec 14, 2021.
"NASA Selects Orbital Reef to Develop Space Station Replacement." Press Relase, December 2, 2021.

Supporting Staff/Designers:
Blue Origin – Partner, providing vehicle utility core systems, large-diameter modules, and the reusable heavy-lift New Glenn launch system.
Sierra Space – Partner, providing Large Integrated Flexible Environment (LIFE) modules, node modules, and runway-landing Dream Chaser spaceplane for crew and cargo
transportation, capable of landing anywhere in the world.
Boeing – Providing science modules, space station operations and maintenance, and the Starliner crew spacecraft.
Redwire Space – Providing payload operations and deployable structures, and support for microgravity research, development, and manufacturing.
Genesis Engineering Solutions – Providing the Single Person Spacecraft for routine external
operations and tourist excursions.
Arizona State University – Providing research advisory services and public outreach through a global consortium of fourteen leading universities.

Significant Dates:
Orbital Reef was selected by NASA for a funded Space Act Agreement for collaboration to design a commercially owned and operated space station in low Earth orbit: December 2, 2021

Tags: outer space, business, travel, space tourism, space station, earth orbit

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