Can Blue Origin replace the International Space Station (ISS)?
Would the private station replace the ISS in a feasible way? The aging station, a partnership of the US, Russia, and other nations is funded only until 2024, with an extension likely in 2028. But it can’t last forever.
Blue Origin claims that its space station would be fully operational by the end of 2020, but it is not uncommon for deadlines to slip when working on large space projects. Laura Forczyk, a space analyst, says that while they may dream of having their space station fully operational by the end 2020s they are more likely to set aspirational goals. If they miss the deadline by a few years or even a few months they still have attainable targets. It’s inevitable that projects will take longer than expected and cost more.
Blue Origin, owned by Jeff Bezos of Amazon, plans to build a station in space. It hopes it will replace the International Space Station, which is nearing the end.
Orbital reef, which Blue Origin, Sierra Space, and Boeing are developing together, is intended as a multipurpose space station in orbit where companies and governments can pay to send astronauts, experiments, and tourists. The station will be slightly smaller than ISS and can house up to 10 astronauts. ISS usually carries 7 crew members but has sometimes had as many 13 on board.
Brent Sherwood, CEO of Blue Origin, said in a press release that the company would \”expand access, lower costs, and provide all services and amenities necessary to normalize space travel.\” \”A vibrant ecosystem of business will develop in low-Earth orbit, creating new discoveries, products, entertainment, and global awareness.\”