Jeff Bezos to build private space station with room for 10 astronauts

Amazon boss Jeff Bezos’s space company Blue Origin has unveiled plans to develop a commercial space station with US aviation giant Boeing.

They hope to launch Orbital Reef, which will house up to ten people and operate as a ‘mixed use business park’, in the second half of this decade.

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

The companies said: ‘Seasoned space agencies, high-tech consortia, sovereign nations without space programmes, media and travel companies, funded entrepreneurs and sponsored inventors, and future-minded investors all have a place on Orbital Reef.’

In April, Sierra announced plans to offer the first free-flying commercial space station. In July, Blue Origin made its debut space tourism flight, with Mr Bezos and three others aboard.

Star Trek actor William Shatner, 90, earlier this month became the oldest person in space, using a Blue Origin rocket.

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