Nanoracks

Nanoracks is the leading provider of commercial access to space with a global customer base.

Created: 2018-11-01

Updated: 2022-03-12

Company - Nanoracks

Founded
Country
2009
USA
Website
Nanoracks
Social
Nanoracks

Service - NanoLab, Bishop

Classification
In-Space Manufacturing
Category
ISS Utilization Service
Commercial ISS Airlock
Status
1) Active
First launch
2012

Core payload hardware is the NanoLab, a powerful box in the CubeSat form factor, measuring 10 cm by 10 cm by 10 cm. Every NanoLab has a circuit board that activates the experiment, turns it off and can be functioned for other activities. Customers have also deployed video cameras and a wide range of sensors inside NanoLabs.
Nanoracks Airlock Module (Bishop) is the first-ever commercial Airlock that will operate on the International Space Station.
"Maritime Launch Services and Houston-based Nanoracks have signed an agreement to work on repurposing the upper stages of MLS's rockets — the parts of the vehicle that contained fuel and are released as it climbs into orbit. The company plans to use Cyclone 4M rockets, designed by Ukrainian company Yuzhnoye and manufactured by Yuzhmash.

Maritime Launch Services and Houston-based Nanoracks have signed an agreement to work on repurposing the upper stages of MLS's rockets — the parts of the vehicle that contained fuel and are released as it climbs into orbit. The company plans to use Cyclone 4M rockets, designed by Ukrainian company Yuzhnoye and manufactured by Yuzhmash.

Service - Starlab

Classification
Space Stations & Habitats
Category
Commercial Space Station
Status
3) Development
First launch
2027

Nanoracks’ commercial low-Earth orbit destination, in collaboration with Voyager Space and Lockheed Martin, is called “Starlab.”

Nanoracks’ commercial low-Earth orbit destination, in collaboration with Voyager Space and Lockheed Martin, is called “Starlab.” Starlab is targeted for launch in 2027 on a single flight as a continuously crewed, commercial space station dedicated to conducting advanced research, fostering commercial industrial activity, and ensuring continued U.S. presence and leadership in low-Earth orbit. Starlab is designed for four astronauts and will have power, volume, and a payload capability equivalent to the International Space Station.
Starlab will host the George Washington Carver Science Park featuring four main operational departments – a biology lab, plant habitation lab, physical science and materials research lab, and an open workbench area – to meet the needs of researchers and commercial customers for commercial space activities. The station will be built with flexible growth in mind, featuring interfaces both internal and external to the spacecraft to allow Nanoracks to expand the architecture as new demand sources are identified, and new markets emerge.
NASA awarded $130 million to develop designs of space stations and other commercial destinations in space. 

Updated: 2022-03-12

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News, Research, Projects and Patents

Title Type Date Summary
LEO Commercialization Study Study 2019-07-25 Outpost: An In-Orbit Commercial Space Station Habitat Development Enabling Cost-Effective and Sustainable U.S. Presence in Low-Earth Orbit
Space-Grown Crops for Earth’s Farms Article 2020-11-12 A new commercial space market is poised to take off. And surprisingly, this market could not be more down-to-Earth: that of “farming” in space. This AgTech market will be an important part of helping decrease the debilitating impact of climate migration, which is already tearing up families and economies in Latin America, and one of the root causes of migration on our Southern border.
The Plan to Turn Scrapped Rockets Into Space Stations News 2020-11-11 The Nanoracks program, known as [Outpost](https://nanoracks.com/outpost/), will modify rockets after they’re done with their mission to give them a second life. The first Outposts will be uncrewed stations made from the upper stages of new rockets, but Manber says it’s possible that future stations could host people or be built from rocket stages already in orbit. In the beginning, Nanoracks won’t use the interior of the rocket and will mount experiment payloads, power supply modules, and small propulsion units to the outside of the fuselage. Once company engineers have that figured out, they can focus on developing the inside of the rocket as a pressurized laboratory.
The first commercial airlock is heading to the International Space Station later this year News 2020-09-15
Abu Dhabi’s AgTech Ecosystem Expands Across Land, Sea and Space Project, News 2020-11-10 Three innovative agriculture companies will develop cutting-edge projects in Abu Dhabi to boost the emirate’s agriculture technology (AgTech) capabilities across land, sea and space. The Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO) announced today individual partnerships with Pure Harvest Smart Farms (Pure Harvest), FreshToHome and Nanoracks that will see the companies receive financial and non-financial incentives totalling AED 152 million (USD 41 million). The research and technologies developed by these companies will expand existing capabilities in Abu Dhabi’s AgTech ecosystem and promote innovation in the sector to address global food security challenges.
Q & A: Nanoracks StarLab Space Farming Center Article 2020-11-10 Below, please enjoy our Q&A with Nanoracks’ Marketing Director, Abby Dickes, and Nanoracks’ CEO, Jeffrey Manber, to learn more about Nanoracks goals in our AgTech ventures.
Nanoracks Announces In-Space Outpost Demonstration News 2019-10-22 Nanoracks will be building a self-contained hosted payload platform that will demonstrate the robotic cutting of second stage representative tank material on-orbit. Never before has structural metal cutting been done in-space.

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