Tug has been under development at @blueorigin for some time. Primary purpose is to retrieve cargo/prop vessels, for example, that have been deposited into orbit & ferry them to @OrbitalReef, sr VP adv dev program Brent Sherwood tells @AviationWeek #iac2021The reason for @blueorigin space tug for @OrbitalReef becomes clearer: salvaging usable equipment from @Space_Station after it is decommissioned. #IAC2021
Wasn't Axiom planning on directly docking with the ISS for the first part of its life, which would make salvaging usable components trivial? In particular, I feel like I've seen pictures of Canadarm2 walking over to Axiom before the two separate. Is there some sort of agreement on which commercial provider would get which USOS hardware?
Is this also implying a commitment to propellant depots in some form? The tug needs propellant at the very least.
Some details have emerged about Blue Origin’s “Blue Ring” project"There is a critical need for rideshare and hosting solutions for small satellites."ERIC BERGER - 1/6/2023, 7:43 PMOn Wednesday, the Washington-based space company Blue Origin posted a job opening for a position titled "Blue Ring Senior Program Manager." However, the posting to the company's Workday "Careers" page was taken down less than 24 hours later[…]The Blue Ring project combines two basic features: an EELV Secondary Payload Adapter, or ESPA ring, and a space tug.
Such "orbital transfer vehicle" services are increasingly common.
Should be merged with Blue Origin Space Tug thread.
I'm concerned that this is yet another disctraction. Blue seems to flit between and join literally every space project.They only have so much wo(man) power. People power? Orbital rockets, LEO space stations, lunar landers, orbital tugs, amazon satellites, plus random other stuff I'm missing. All of this at the same time? Adding more stuff onto the pile means everything else slows down. There are only so many engineers out there to hire, so available human power is not infinite (or even adequate).
Could the Blue bid, the Ring space tug, de-orbit the ISS for NASA?
Quote from: Tywin on 03/09/2023 05:30 pmCould the Blue bid, the Ring space tug, de-orbit the ISS for NASA?I'm not aware of any usable specs being available for thier tug. Does anyone else know if there are any public?
Exclusive: Blue Origin to unveil beefy, reconfigurable, multi-mission , 5-yr platform called Blue Ring to fly, deploy, refuel, host, process data & provide other services for payloads in earth orbit, cislunar space & beyond . Can launch on @spacex, @ulalaunch, @blueorigin & other rockets.
Like everything else from Blue, it doesn’t exist for practical purposes until they show flight hardware.