LOUISVILLE — Louisville aerospace manufacturer Sierra Space Corp. has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Keystone Space Collaborative, a nonprofit organization aimed at boosting labor in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia to work in the aerospace industry, in furtherance of the company’s goal to develop its Orbital Reef commercial space station.
“There are so many companies, people and entities across our region with the skills and
technology to make incredible strides in space exploration,” Priscilla Beal, Keystone
Space Collaborative founding member and board vice chairwoman, said in a prepared statement. “This partnership is one exciting step the Keystone Space Collaborative plans to take to create connections, job opportunities and ways to capitalize on our region’s assets to become a leader in developing the commercial space industry.”
Orbital Reef is a commercially developed, owned, and operated space station to be built in low Earth orbit that SSC is creating with Kent, Washington-based partner Blue Origin.
Sierra Space has two other main aerospace projects: the Dream Chaser space plane, which is expected to be used to resupply the International Space Station starting next year; and the Large Integrated Flexible Environment (LIFE) Habitat, a modular, three-story commercial habitation, business and science platform.
“Sierra Space is thrilled to partner with the Keystone Space Collaborative to grow the
commercial space sector in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia,” SSC senior vice president of space destinations Neeraj Gupta said in a prepared statement. “As the commercial space economy continues to rapidly expand, our efforts are aligned to further develop the capabilities of Sierra Space’s innovative technologies tied to Orbital Reef and our LIFE habitat systems for our industry partners. Sierra Space aims to be the leading service provider for the region and work with the Keystone Space Collaborative to develop a pipeline of research, manufacturing, and technology payloads on our commercial LEO platforms.”