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Jeff Bezos-owned Blue Origin unveils plans for a business park in space

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Orbital Reef will be operated as a “mixed use business park” by Jeff Bezos, says Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin.

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Blue Origin, owned by billionaire Jeff Bezos, on Monday unveiled plans with Boeing to develop a commercial space station called “Orbital Reef,” aiming to launch the spacecraft later this decade.

The venture will be built in partnership with Sierra Space, the spaceflight wing of defense contractor Sierra Nevada Corp., and will be supported by Radwire Space, Genesis Engineering Solutions and Arizona State University.

Orbital Reef will be operated as a “mixed-use business park,” and is planned to provide the infrastructure needed to increase economic activity and open up new markets in space, Blue Origin and Sierra Space said.

“Veteran space agencies, high-tech consortia, sovereign nations without space programs, media and travel companies, funded entrepreneurs and sponsored inventors, and future-minded investors all have a place on Orbital Reef,” the companies said in a statement. “

Sierra announced plans to offer the first free-flying commercial space station in April.

In July, Blue Origin had its first successful space tourism flight, with Bezos and three others aboard. Earlier this month, 90-year-old American actor William Shatner – Captain James Kirk of “Star Trek” fame – became the oldest person in space on a rocketship flown by Blue Origin.

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