Blue Origin to venture in the commercial space station business

On the one hand, the company wishes that NASA signs up, and on the other, they are also looking at new acquisitions that can help them create these habitats. Though NASA had halted its NextSTEP program, also known as Appendix K, the possibility is still on the cards.

Blue Origin to venture in the commercial space station business
Blue Origin to venture in the commercial space station business

Blue Origin to venture in the commercial space station business

Blue Origin, which is Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos’s spaceflight company is considering stepping into the commercial space station game. The company is looking at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as its first potential customer.

On the one hand, the company wishes that NASA signs up, and on the other, they are also looking at new acquisitions that can help them create these habitats. Though NASA had halted its NextSTEP program, also known as Appendix K, the possibility is still on the cards.

Phil McAlister, director of commercial spaceflight programs at NASA has revealed that he can’t promise any specific timelines associated with that, but they are definitely working on the free flyer and intend to release a solicitation soon on that once they get their strategy all agreed to internally.

The job listing on Blue Origin’s website indicated that they are looking for someone to lead the development of commercial space stations in Low-Earth orbit (LEO) as a part of its new product line ‘Orbital Habitat Formulation’.

Whoever attains the position must have an extensive network at the US-based space agency that Blue Origin can tap “to shape and accelerate the acquisition strategy for LEO destination systems.”