It’s been months since Jeff Bezos propelled himself into space in a mammoth phallic-shaped rocket, and presently, the billionaire is arranging his next ethereal endeavor. According to the BBC, Bezos’ space tourism company, “Blue Roots,” is preparing to dispatch a commercial space station called Orbital Reef. It claims the station will work like a “mixed-use commerce park,” facilitating up to ten individuals at once.
We can argue that Jeff Bezos should be more concerned with solving the homelessness problem or ending world hunger (since he literally can), but the mogul is invested in life in outer space. Apparently, inside the 32,000 sq. ft. station will be spaces for “film-making in microgravity,” “conducting cutting-edge research” and a “space hotel.”
A statement from the company reads:
“The station will open the next chapter of human space exploration and development by facilitating the growth of a vibrant ecosystem and business model for the future. Seasoned 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 company also shared that Orbital Reef’s large windows, which happen to be Earth-facing, will allow visitors to “take in the beauty of our planet and experience the thrill of weightlessness in complete comfort.”
Whereas Bezos hasn’t revealed what something like this would cost (for him or his visitors/customers), the senior executive agent of Blue Roots said: “We will expand access, lower the cost, and provide all the services and amenities needed to normalize space flight. A vibrant business ecosystem will grow in low Earth orbit, generating new discoveries, new products, new entertainments, and global awareness.”
Right now, NASA is preparing to let go of the International Space Station, turning the Space Station into a private travel destination. Talking about Bezos’ budding interest in outer space, the ISS’s program chief, John Mulholland clarified: “This is exciting for us because this project does not duplicate the immensely successful and enduring ISS, but rather goes a step further to fulfil the unique position in low Earth orbit where it can serve a diverse array of companies and host non-specialist crews.”
Orbital Reef is most likely going to be built within the next decade, and at this point, nothing should shock us anymore. In a couple of years, you may be able to take a family vacation somewhere in space.
In related Bezos news, he’s investing heavily in an age reversal startup. This is straight out of a sci-fi flick.
Photo via Orbital Assembly