Jeff Bezos’ mysterious moon mission is landing in Reston.
The space flight company is opening a facility and office in Reston sometime in the “first half of the year,” reads the website.
Blue Origin is a space flight company founded by one of the world’s richest men, Jeff Bezos. Its mission is to popularize space tourism and colonize the moon with the ultimate grandiose goal of saving the Earth by tapping space’s “unlimited resources.”
Reston will be home to the company’s “engineering Center of Excellence” and will focus on “space architecture, launch vehicle systems analysis, launch vehicle component design and validation, and safety and mission assurance.”
On the website, the company touts Reston as part of the “Dulles Technology Corridor.”
To staff the center, a number of Blue Origin job postings located in Reston have popped up in recent days on the company’s website. As of this writing, there are 89 jobs listed.
The job listings are for assorted highly technical positions, including “Sr Instrumentation & Transducer Development Engineer,” “Intermediate Avionics Software Platform Engineer,” and “Cryogenic Fluids Engineer.”
“This position will directly impact the history of space exploration and will require your commitment and detailed attention towards safe and repeatable space flight,” reads many of the job descriptions. “Join us in lowering the cost of access to space and enabling Blue Origin’s vision of millions of people living and working in space to benefit Earth.”
Blue Origin also hosted a jobs open house this week at the Westin on Sunrise Valley Drive.
ICYMI @BlueOrigin is opening an office in #Reston, VA: "Slated to open in the first half of this year, Blue Origin’s Reston office, located in the Dulles Technology Corridor, will be our newest engineering Center of Excellence:" https://t.co/tNhWXo2VM5 #BlueOrigin #SpaceCommerce pic.twitter.com/WdySsKPowi
— SpaceVirginia (@SpaceVirginia) February 23, 2022
While the company is hiring for the Reston facility, it’s not immediately known where that office might be located.
A map on the company’s website lists Washington D.C. as a location, but not specifically Reston.
FFXnow has reached out to the Washington State-based Blue Origin via email and phone for more information about the facility, but so far those messages have gone unanswered.
Last month, Blue Origin also announced it was expanding operations to Phoenix and Denver.
The company has made news recently by saying it’s looking to increase the number of people the company flies to space in 2022. To do this, Blue Origin will need to build more rockets.
Reston has become a hotspot for tech companies in recent years. Last year, one of the government’s largest military contractors CACI moved its headquarters near the Reston Town Center Metro station.
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