The five paying visitors on Blue Origin’s latest journey paid $28 million each, yet the visits lasted only minutes. Here are some photos of the hotel in space that Jeff Bezos is building called Orbital Reef.
Amazon Web Services, the company’s computer subsidiary, will provide logistical, communication, and information systems assistance to Orbital Reef, a prospective space center.
By 2030, space tourists will be able to visit the Orbital Reef.
Blue Origin and Boeing, two mechanical engineering and government contracting titans, are working on the project.
The latest relationship between Orbital Reef and Amazon Web Services (AWS) puts a trillion-dollar enterprise into the equation.
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Amazon will “share their expertise in logistics and end-to-end supply chain management to help Orbital Reef develop, launch, and scale reliable infrastructure.” according to an AWS Public Sector Blog post.
Amazon will license technology and intellectual property such as “data management” and “integrated networking” while Boeing, Blue Origin, and others produce thrusters, living quarters, and other practical components.
“Amazon and AWS are ideal collaborators to support transportation, habitation, and communication,” stated Brent Sherwood, Senior Vice President of Advanced Development Programs at Blue Origin.
The Orbital Reef’s module space will be around 30,000 cubic feet, or the equivalent of 100 cargo vehicles.
Astro-tourists would also not be restricted to remaining indoors.
Another project partner, Genesis Engineering Solutions, is developing a single-person spacecraft that will allow people to freely explore space outside of the Orbital Reef.
The “mixed-use space business park” will eventually house ten people over 300 miles from Earth’s surface and function as a stand-in for the International Space Station (ISS).
After two decades of continuous service, the International Space Station will be decommissioned around 2030.
The Orbital Reef, however, may not be the only permanent space settlement in the works.
Gateway, a space station that would serve as a detour on the route to the Moon or Mars, is being planned and contracts are being issued by Nasa.
SpaceX was chosen over Blue Origin to offer logistic assistance for Gateway and other lunar missions, prompting Bezos to file a lawsuit.
Despite the fact that Bezos’ space tourism enterprise has been ignored by Nasa, it is extremely active.
Blue Origin’s fourth manned trip, which sent six passengers to the verge of weightlessness, was accomplished in March.
The five paying visitors on Blue Origin’s latest journey paid $28 million each, yet the visits lasted only minutes – a 10-day visit onboard the Orbital Reef may cost a lot more.
On the ground, Bezos is at odds with progressive Senator Bernie Sanders, who is attempting to deny a $10 billion credit for Blue Origin’s lunar module development.
State-sponsored space missions and private space firms are becoming increasingly intertwined.