The founder of Amazon, as well as the space company Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos, talks about the future of commercial space travel.
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Blue Origin, founded by billionaire Jeff Bezos, is aiming to hire “Lead for Orbital Habitat Formulation,” according to a job announcement earlier this week.
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“Blue Origin’s leading formulation for the Orbital Habitat product line … will lead to the development of technical concepts, product strategies, business cases, customer relationships, market reach, industrial partnerships, performance approaches and supply chains,” the company wrote. in the job advertisement.
The habitable space stations that Blue Origin wants to build would be “radically different” from the International Space Station currently orbiting the Earth. While the ISS is essentially a laboratory focused on microgravity research, Blue Origin describes its space stations as a “destination” for humans, other than habitats for “small, professionally trained crews.” The company plans to build and launch such space stations over the next decade.
Blue Origin lands the New Shepard launch vehicle at its facility in West Texas.
The construction of space stations will be the next piece in Blue Origin’s business. Since its founding a little over 20 years ago, Bezos has been working to develop next-generation rockets and rocket engines, as well as a capsule capable of transporting humans to the edge of space for short flights and a lunar lander to bring astronauts to NASA and cargo to the surface of the moon. Blue Origin has not yet flown passengers on its missiles, and CEO Bob Smith said earlier this year that the company’s New Shepard missile would have to complete three or four more test flights before boarding people.
Bezos personally financed the development of Blue Origin by selling part of his shares in Amazon. While he previously said he sells about $ 1 billion worth of shares to Amazon annually to fund the space company, Bezos recently increased his stock sales, selling more than $ 7.2 billion this year and $ 2.8 billion in 2019. – suggests that he has increased his annual investment in Blue Origin.
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