The Space Coast has seen a recent explosion in the Space Industry, and with it, thousands of new Brevard County residents are moving to the Space Coast, all seeking careers in the largest space companies: NASA, SpaceX, Boeing, Lockheed Martin and United Launch Alliance.
Brevard County has seen a population growth of almost 2% in 2021 compared to 2020, with more than 10,000 new residents moving to the Space Coast in 2021.
Blue Origin currently has almost 500 jobs listed for their Space Coast location on their website.
The amount of jobs available at Blue Origin has led to what industry workers are calling the ‘blue wave’, referencing the major hiring spree taking place. Employees of NASA subcontractors Jacobs Engineering Group, Exploration Ground Systems, among other third-party NASA contractors, have told me they were offered a 45% increase in pay to make the switch to Blue Origin.
This Blue Origin hiring spree comes after Amazon recently signed contracts for 38 launches for Amazon’s ‘Project Kuiper’ satellite constellation. The awards went to United Launch Alliance – a joint venture of Boeing and Lockheed Martin; 18 launches with European company Arianespace; and 12 launches with Blue Origin, with an option for as many as 15 additional launches with the private venture that’s owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.
Project Kuiper is Amazon’s plan to build a network of 3,236 satellites in low Earth orbit, to provide high-speed internet to anywhere in the world. The FCC in 2020 authorized Amazon’s system, which the company has said it will “invest more than $10 billion” to build.
Blue Origin is also getting into the space station building business after NASA awarded a trio of companies with contracts to develop private space stations, as the agency prepares for the retirement of the International Space Station.
Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin, Northrop Grumman, and Nanoracks were awarded a combined $415.6 million under NASA’s Commercial LEO Destinations project, with Blue Origin receiving $130 million
Blue Origin previously unveiled its plan for a space station called “Orbital Reef” – in partnership with Sierra Space, Boeing, Redwire Space and Genesis Engineering. The companies plan to have the baseline configuration of Orbital Reef operational by 2027, which it will build into the next decade.
With all of this new growth in the Space Industry, the Space Coast will continue to see an increase of new residents along with high-paying jobs. With Blue Origin’s access to the deep pockets of the companies founder, Jeff Bezos, the question remains for what will happen with the positions left empty with NASA contractors working on NASA’s SLS rocket.
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