Jeff Bezos ticked off a major milestone this past summer after orbiting our galaxy. But the billionaire innovator's time in Space is far from over. In fact, it's just getting started. Here's what the Amazon founder recently announced about his plans for intergalactic travel.
On Monday, October 25, Blue Origin - Bezos' aerospace company - announced big plans: a commercial space station, set to be deployed among Earth's low-orbit. Called, "Orbit Reef," the theoretical hub would be the first of its kind - a "business park" designated for future travelers' business and pleasure. As for what that'd call for?
Not only would the station house up to about 10 people at once, but Orbit Reef would also serve multiple purposes. According to Blue Origin's official website, the project would has the potential of being used as a space hotel - the first ever of its kind. It would also hold the ability to allow "film-making in microgravity" as well as "cutting edge research" to be conducted.
While it's unclear how much investment will be required of the innovative project, Blue Origin already has their sights set on a date: "the station will start operating in the second half of this decade," as they assured on their website. Orbital Reef has also already been backed by several pioneers in the space industry, including Boeing, Redwire Space, Genesis Engineering Solutions, and Arizona State University.
"We’re just beginning to understand the tremendous implications that microgravity research, development and manufacturing can mean, for not only for exploring the universe and making discoveries but improving life on Earth," Redwire executive vice president, Mike Gold explained of his support for Blue Origin.
In case one forgot, though, Jeff Bezos' latest endeavor isn't the first time he's had his sight set high. Back in July, the billionaire made history after successfully completing the first all-civilian suborbital flight. "We're going to build a road to space so that our kids and their kids can build the future. And we need to do that. We need to do that to solve the problems here on Earth," Bezos explained.
Be sure to stay tuned for more updates on space travel.