NASA Selects Orbital Reef to Develop Space Station Replacement

December 2, 2021 – Orbital Reef, led by partners Blue Origin and Sierra Space, was selected today by NASA for a funded Space Act Agreement for collaboration to design a commercially owned and operated space station in low Earth orbit (LEO). NASA’s Commercial LEO Development program aims to shift NASA’s research and exploration activities in LEO to commercial space stations, helping stimulate a growing space economy before the International Space Station is retired. The Orbital Reef team includes Boeing, Redwire Space, Genesis Engineering Solutions, and Arizona State University.

Genesis provides the Single-Person Spacecraft for Blue Origin Winning Commercial Space Station Team.

December 2, 2021 – Orbital Reef, led by partners Blue Origin and Sierra Space, was selected today by NASA for a funded Space Act Agreement for collaboration to design a commercially owned and operated space station in low Earth orbit (LEO). NASA’s Commercial LEO Development program aims to shift NASA’s research and exploration activities in LEO to commercial space stations, helping stimulate a growing space economy before the International Space Station is retired. The Orbital Reef team includes Boeing, Redwire Space, Genesis Engineering Solutions, and Arizona State University.

SPS

Single Person Spacecraft

OVERVIEW

The Single Person Spacecraft (SPS) is an example of our ongoing investment in R&D. The SPS provides a unique alternative to the concept of a spacesuit. When extra-vehicular activity (EVA) in space has required an astronaut with spacesuit there are inherent challenges. The SPS has advantages for both the astronaut and the overall activities that need to be accomplished.

DETAILS

Designed for servicing / exploration of ISS, NEOs and satellites. It can be piloted or tele-operated. Using the same atmosphere as the host vehicle it provides immediate access to space without pre-breathing or airlock. Integral propulsion enables rapid transport to the work site. It is sized to for all crew members providing “shirt sleeve” operations of conventional displays and controls.

Neutral Buoyancy Testing

Crew Enclosure Demonstration Test Article

Discovery Channel

See the Discovery Channel highlight of the SPS for the show Daily Planet.

PUBLICATIONS

COLLABORATIONS

AMRO, El Monte, CA

United Space and Rocket Center, Huntsville, AL

SRI International, Menlo Park, CA

Paragon Space Development Corporation, Tucson, AZ

Shields, Martinsville, IN

Sierra Nevada Corporation Space Systems

Design Force

METECS

TriVector Services Inc.