Space venture Blue Origin expands to Phoenix and Denver

An artist’s concept shows the Orbital Reef space station, a project led by Blue Origin. Other project partners are Colorado-based Sierra Space and Arizona State University. (Blue original media)

blue origin says he’s hiring in Phoenix and Denver — two Western cities that represent relatively new frontiers for Jeff Bezos’ space business.

The downtown Phoenix office is focused on “avionics, systems engineering and integrated supply chain,” Blue Origin says on its career websitewhile the South Denver office will focus on “program management, systems engineering, avionics, software, integration and mission design” in support of launch vehicle and space systems programs from Blue Origin.

The Denver area is home to a growing number of space companies, including past and present partners in some of Blue Origin’s premier projects.

Lockheed Martin, for example, was part of a Blue Origin-led team that unsuccessfully bid to build the first manned lunar lander for NASA’s Artemis program. United Launch Alliance is a customer of Blue Origin’s BE-4 rocket engines, while Sierra Space is a major partner in Blue Origin’s Orbital Reef space station project.

Speaking of Orbital Reef, the Phoenix area is home to Arizona State University, which is lead the Space Station Project Research Advisory Group.

Blue Origin lists eight offices across the country. (Blue original graphic)

We’ve reached out to Blue Origin for more information about the Phoenix and Denver offices, and will update this report with anything we hear.

Blue Origin is said to have around 4,000 employees, most of whom are based at the company’s headquarters in Kent, Washington. Other employees are based in West Texas, home to Blue Origin’s suborbital spaceport; on Florida’s Space Coast, where the New Glenn orbital-class rocket is under construction; and in Alabama, where a plant produces BE-4 and BE-3U engines. Still others work from offices in Washington, DC, Los Angeles and other remote locations.

blue origin career database currently lists more than 1,460 open positions, including 87 in Phoenix and 50 in Denver. However, many of the positions listed for Phoenix and Denver are potentially tied to other locations as well. For what it’s worth, 965 open positions are associated with the Seattle area.

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