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Orbital Reef space station wins a key role in Hollywood movie even before it’s built

Baku, September 22, AZERTAC

Orbital Reef, the in-progress private space station headed by Blue Origin and Sierra Space, is coming to the big screen, according to TechCrunch.

The companies announced today that the space station will be featured in a forthcoming film, HELIOS, in a deal with production company Centerboro Productions.

The film, which will be set in 2030, will be the story of a spaceship dubbed HELIOS and its crew. Orbital Reef will appear throughout the movie as “the latest-generation space station used as a critical resource by the HELIOS crew,” the companies said in a statement.

Shooting for the film is expected to take place in 2023, and the companies behind Orbital Reef won’t launch the first modules for the station until 2027 or so, so this is firmly a terrestrial project. At least for now: Hollywood is an interesting use-case for private space stations, particularly before they launch — and presumably, before they start generating in-orbit revenues. This is especially important as no company has yet announced how much the design, construction, launch and assembly of their private space station is expected to cost. But rest assured, it will likely be in the order of at least hundreds of millions of dollars.

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