Whoa, hold onto your space helmets, folks! Rumor has it that Jeff Bezos’ space baby, Blue Origin, is about to shake things up big time. Imagine, a huge partnership created a while back to make a shiny new space station? Yeah, seems like it’s on the rocks. A little birdie told me they’re moving people around, and some big heads are rolling to keep up with stuff that just can’t wait.
So, here’s the lowdown. Earlier this year, a bunch of folks working on this project, called Orbital Reef, got shifted around. Why? Well, apparently, other cool stuff like a moon landing contract and some super-secret space project needed more hands on deck.
Now, don’t get me wrong; Sierra, the other half of this space dance, is still in the picture. But if you ask Blue Origin how close they’re standing? Mum’s the word.
This whole reshuffling sort of gives you a glimpse into the wild west of private space ventures. Replacing the International Space Station, which, by the way, has a whopping price tag of over $100 billion, ain’t a walk in the park.
Here’s a juicy tidbit: Brent Sherwood, the big kahuna overlooking Orbital Reef, is ducking out by year’s end. The word on the street? He’s just looking to kick up his feet and retire.
And speaking of shakeups, Jeff Bezos, the Amazon tycoon who kick-started Blue Origin back in 2000, seems to be lighting a fire under his team. Some folks say he’s trying to hustle and jump over some major speed bumps along the way.
In a surprise twist, Bezos is calling in Dave Limp, an old Amazon pal, to take the captain’s chair at Blue Origin. Oh, and did I mention their rocket, New Shepard? It’s been collecting dust for over a year after a mishap in 2022. And their big bro rocket, New Glenn? Let’s just say it’s fashionably late to the space party.
Way back in 2021, Blue Origin and Sierra Space were all about creating a “business park” floating among the stars. Fast forward a bit, and things have gotten a tad frosty between the two. Seems like there’s a lot of pointing fingers and cold shoulders going around.
Some of Blue Origin’s peeps who were once part of the Orbital Reef dream are now in some hush-hush “space mobility” gig, trying to whip up some fancy satellites. Others? They’re off chasing the moon with the “Blue Moon” project.
With the old ISS getting a bit long in the tooth and set to clock out by 2030, there’s a mad rush to get replacements up and running. I mean, who wants to give China the upper hand in the starry real estate market?
But here’s the kicker: Some folks reckon that the space market might be too teeny for all these private ventures. And Blue Origin? Word is they might go solo, leaving Sierra in the cosmic dust.
As of now, the bigwigs at NASA are in the dark about any changes. And when exactly the Blue Origin-Sierra deal ends? That’s anyone’s guess.
Stay tuned, space fans. This space saga’s got more twists and turns than a cosmic roller coaster! 🚀🌌