Rocket company Blue Origin plans to deploy a spacecraft platform for in-space logistics and delivery.
Among the services offered by 'Blue Ring' are data relay and an “in-space” cloud computing capability, alongside hosting, transportation, and refueling.
The program will serve commercial and government customers in medium Earth orbit out to the cislunar region and beyond.
Part of a new business unit called In-Space Systems, it can host payloads of more than 3,000kg.
“Blue Ring addresses two of the most difficult challenges in spaceflight today: growing space infrastructure and increasing mobility on-orbit,” Paul Ebertz, SVP of Blue Origin’s In-Space Systems, said.
“We're offering our customers the ability to easily access and maneuver through a variety of orbits cost-effectively while having access to critical data to ensure a successful mission."
Blue Origin is owned by Jeff Bezos, who also founded Amazon. He stepped down from the role of CEO at Amazon in 2021, but remains the company's executive chair.
Amazon is the world's largest cloud computing company, and is also launching thousands of Internet-providing satellites with Project Kuiper. Many of those satellites will be launched on Blue Origin rockets, a deal that is itself part of an investor lawsuit.
Despite these ties, there is currently no word on whether AWS will be involved in the Blue Ring cloud effort.