Space: the final frontier! An inspiring locale in which to realize the purest expression of human ingenuity or, what’s that, Jeff Bezos? A “business park”? Oh, ok. Sure.
Jeff Bezos’ space exploration company, Blue Origin, announced with Sierra Space and several other partners that it plans to build the first “commercial space station” in low Earth orbit. That means it won’t be a government-run station, but will theoretically be open to visitors and tenants to, as the company says, get an address in space.
The companies are calling the station Orbital Reef. And while the name sounds exciting, and the press release describes the station as a new “ecosystem,” all starry eyed notions of what a civilization in space could look like evaporate when they describe Orbital Reef as a “business park.”