Spaceflight company Blue Origin has opened a new office in Phoenix that will create hundreds of new jobs in the Valley.
Blue Origin is occupying 43,200 square feet at 2325 E. Camelback Road. The company’s new Phoenix office will contribute to avionics, systems engineering and supply chain management across Blue Origin’s programs, according to the company.
Blue Origin has already hired 100 people for its Phoenix office and expects to hire hundreds more to fill positions in engineering, mission design and software for launch vehicle and space system programs, according to a company release.
On April 27, Blue Origin executives celebrated the grand opening of the company’s new office with Arizona Commerce Authority, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, community leaders and employees in attendance.
“Blue Origin is thrilled to invest in the Valley and open our site in Phoenix, which offers a vast amount of aerospace engineering and manufacturing talent and excellent universities and trade schools statewide,” Michael Edmonds, senior vice president of strategy, marketing, and sales for Blue Origin, said in a statement. “This partnership will accelerate our mission to reduce the cost of access to space resources for the benefit of Earth.”
Blue Origin chose Phoenix for a new office in part because of its aerospace presence, workforce and strong business environment, according to the company.
Arizona’s aerospace sector is growing with Virgin Galactic building a spacecraft manufacturing facility in Mesa as well as Northrup Grumman’s satellite manufacturing facility expansion in Gilbert, among other projects.
The company, founded by Jeff Bezos, is partnering with Arizona State University to establish a commercial-use space station. It received $130 million from NASA to establish Orbital Reef, a space station that would house researchers, tourists and commercial customers, the Phoenix Business Journal previously reported.
“Orbital Reef continues to make progress since we announced it in 2021 with our partners, including ASU,” a Blue Origin spokesperson said in an email.