Amazon is helping to build a “private” space station for HOLIDAYS above Earth

CENTI billionaire Jeff Bezos oversees coordination between two of his companies, Amazon and Blue Origin.

Orbital Reef is set to welcome intergalactic vacationers by 2030.

Jeff Bezos is one of several ultra-rich people exploring private space travel

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Jeff Bezos is one of several ultra-rich people exploring private space travel
Orbital Reef is intended to serve as a permanent space outpost, accessible to both researchers and space tourists

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Orbital Reef is intended to serve as a permanent space outpost, accessible to both researchers and space touristsCredit: Blue Origin
The limits of plant growth in space are to be tested on board the Orbital Reef

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The limits of plant growth in space are to be tested on board the Orbital ReefCredit: Blue Origin

A “mixed-use business park in space” could one day house 10 residents more than 300 miles from the surface of the earth.

The idea is being implemented by engineering and public procurement titans, including Blue Origin and Boeing.

Orbital Reef’s recent partnership with Amazon Web Services brings a trillion-dollar company on board.

In an AWS Public Sector blog, the company wrote that Amazon “will share its expertise in logistics and end-to-end supply chain management to help Orbital Reef design, launch, and scale a reliable infrastructure.”

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Orbital Reef has about 30,000 cubic feet of module space — about the size of 100 transporters.

But astronauts won’t be limited to staying indoors.

Redwire Space, another partner in this venture, is building a one-person spacecraft for free exploration of space outside of Orbital Reef.

The Orbital Reef is also intended to serve as a pseudo-replacement for the International Space Station (ISS).

The ISS is scheduled to be retired around 2030 after two decades of uninterrupted use.

However, Orbital Reef is not the only permanent space outpost under development.

NASA is making plans and awarding contracts to build Gateway, a space station that will serve as a pit stop en route to the Moon or Mars.

SpaceX secured a deal to provide logistical support for Gateway and other lunar missions — spurning Blue Origin and prompting Bezos to sue.

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And the arguments don’t end there — Bezos is at odds with progressive Senator Bernie Sanders, who aims to block a $10 billion loan to develop Blue Origin’s lunar module.

Government-sponsored space expeditions and private space companies are heading for a bitter co-dependency.

Bezos himself traveled to the edge of space on a Blue Origin rocket in 2021

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Bezos himself traveled to the edge of space on a Blue Origin rocket in 2021Photo credit: The Mega Agency

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