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A major expansion of Blue Origin LLC’s Space Coast manufacturing site is in the works that likely would create new high-wage jobs.
The rocket company started by Amazon founder and world’s richest man Jeff Bezos plans to expand its Merritt Island manufacturing campus by 70 acres, according to plans filed with the state on March 26.
The project is labeled as “South Campus Phase 2,” and it will rise just south of where Blue Origin previously launched a 90-acre expansion of its spacecraft production efforts.
This new expansion will equip Kent, Washington-based Blue Origin with new manufacturing and processing facilities to support its mission to build rockets and spacecraft that can take humans and supplies beyond Earth’s orbit.
That likely would lead to further expansion of the company’s workforce.
In fact, Blue Origin has 27 Space Coast jobs listed on its website. Those positions include engineers and project managers.