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NASA has selected the Jeff Bezos space station as a possible replacement for the ISS

Alvaro Salazar
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NASA has reported agreements with three US organizations to further their space station plans, including Blue Origin, by Amazon author Jeff Bezos.

NASA has selected the Jeff Bezos space station as a possible replacement for the ISS
Orbital Reef space station founded by Jeff Bezos

Blue Origin stunned last October with the declaration of Orbital Reef, an "accommodation in space" to be created in partnership with Boeing and Sierra Space.

Today, this statement seems correct, as it has been one of the plans chosen by the American space organization, NASA, as possible substitutes for the ISS (International Space Station).

The ISS will not continue to function forever. Its use has been endorsed until December 2024, although in fact it could continue to function without problems until 2028 ; After that period, it would imply that each of the organizations included distinguish the expected inconveniences to continue with the tasks.

So that gives a window of about 10 years in which to look for another option, and NASA reported that, as a component of the LEO business improvement program, it will subsidize three companies trying to develop a private space station.

The chosen ones are Northtrop Grumman, which will receive 125.6 million dollars, Nanoracks, which will receive 160 million dollars, and Blue Origin, which will receive 130 million dollars ; Although each of the companies is in comparable status, and they share many approaches practically speaking, Blue Origin has unequivocally attracted more consideration due to the person behind the company, mogul Jeff Bezos.

Having come into space with his own organization, Jeff Bezos needs to grow his business vision of the travel industry to a long-term station, which he would fill as a "space lodge" where clients could stay for some time.

In any case, the genuine explanation that NASA is intrigued is a direct result of "combined use", as it will also allow the establishment of modules dedicated to logic testing.

NASA has focused on the fact that a common ground, for example, the one proposed by Blue Origin, can maintain the requirements of both business and exploration, industry and government, while limiting expenses.

As such it will in fact allow the travel industry to space, however those revenues can support the station for more "genuine" purposes like the ISS now has.

However, Blue Origin has hardened the rivalry. From the Nanoracks project, NASA applauds that its plan will allow four space travelers to remain in a constant circle, with a power, volume and limit similar to that of the current ISS, which could better accommodate their needs.

Finally, the Northrop Grumman project has the advantage that Northrop Grumman has been supporting NASA and the US military for a long time, using tried and tested components and a metered framework with different ports that will allow for future expansion., including false gravity.