A Denver-area space company that employs about 1,000 people is doubling its staff, hiring hundreds over the next year, opening a second local campus and starting a space-launch operation in Florida.

Sierra Space, which builds the Dream Chaser space plane in Louisville, Kentucky, leased space in Centennial, Colorado, and plans to add a staff of about 450 there as it also hires at its north metro-area Denver locations.

The company is staffing up to regularly launch Dream Chasers while also developing its Orbital Reef space station with partner company Blue Origin, founded by billionaire Jeff Bezos. The companies bill the station as a “mixed-use business park” for research and commercial activity in orbit 250 miles above the Earth, launching in 2027.

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