Sierra Space and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which outlines plans for Sierra Space and MHI to collaborate on a wide range of technologies regarding the development of Orbital Reef, a commercially developed, owned and operated space station to be built at LEO by investors Sierra Space and blue origin.
Sierra Space and IMH began work on integrating MHI’s expertise into the development of Orbital Reef, bringing technologies and expertise from MHI’s years of experience with the International Space Station (ISS) program.
“At Sierra Space, we are building a platform in space to benefit life on Earth,” noted Tom Vice, CEO of Sierra Space. “We are proud to formalize a long-standing relationship with MHI and look forward to leveraging their considerable technology expertise as we continue to build Orbital Reef and the next generation of space transportation..”
“MHI is very pleased to collaborate with Sierra Space and to use MHI’s technologies and experience acquired over the years to contribute to the development of Orbital Reef, the program led by Sierra Space, Blue Origin and their international partners.,” noted Tomoe Nishigaya, vice president and senior general manager of space systems at MHI. “We look forward to continuing our collaboration with Sierra Space on how MHI’s technologies, products and services can provide a better experience for space station users and customers. Additionally, MHI plans to cooperate with JAXA and other aerospace companies in Japan, leveraging the strong relationships established through participation in the ISS program..”