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News Archive / Tagged: NanoRacks

  • Three companies selected to develop commercial space stations

    Theresa CrossDecember 6th, 2021

    Last week, NASA signed agreements with three U.S. companies to develop private free-flying commercial space stations in low Earth orbit.

  • NG-10 Cygnus ends post-ISS mission after deploying satellites

    Derek RichardsonFebruary 25th, 2019

    Northrop Grumman’s NG-10 Cygnus has performed its deorbit burn to fall back into the atmosphere, breaking apart as it re-entered over the Pacific Ocean.

  • NG-10 Cygnus departs ISS to perform secondary mission

    Derek RichardsonFebruary 8th, 2019

    Northrop Grumman’s NG-10 Cygnus spacecraft has departed the International Space Station after three months at the orbiting complex.

  • Lockheed Martin seeks commercial participation on Orion flights

    Curt GodwinOctober 9th, 2018

    Could Lockheed Martin's Orion spacecraft be used for commercial purposes? A new proposal suggests it can.

  • Fabrication for commercial ISS airlock ‘Bishop’ underway

    Heather SmithApril 29th, 2018

    Houston-based NanoRacks recently announced that its airlock module named “Bishop” completed its critical design review, allowing engineers to begin building the commercial airlock, which is bound for the International Space Station.

  • U.S. Army’s Kestrel Eye IIM microsatellite deployed from Space Station

    Tomasz NowakowskiOctober 28th, 2017

    NanoRacks LLC successfully deployed the Kestrel Eye IIM microsatellite on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, using its Kaber Microsatellite Deployer (Kaber). The 110-pound (50-kilogram) Earth-imaging spacecraft, which is operated by the U.S. Army, is so far the largest satellite deployed by NanoRacks from the International Space Station (ISS).

  • NanoRacks airlock moving toward 2019 installation on the ISS

    Jim SiegelJuly 21st, 2017

    Five months ago, NanoRacks LLC announced it would partner with Boeing to build the first private airlock for the International Space Station. That initiative is progressing and recently achieved a design milestone with the successful test of a NASA-built, full-scale mockup at the Johnson Space Center in the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL).

  • Creating trends in space: An interview with NanoRacks CEO Jeffrey Manber

    Tomasz NowakowskiJuly 10th, 2017

    Founded in 2009, the Houston, Texas-based company NanoRacks LLC provides commercial hardware and services on board the International Space Station (ISS) for government and commercial customers. In an interview with, Jeffrey Manber, the founder and CEO of NanoRacks, talks about the company’s future and past achievements.

  • NanoRacks’ proposed airlock paves way for a more commercial ISS

    Derek RichardsonFebruary 10th, 2017

    In early February, NASA accepted a proposal from NanoRacks to send the first commercial airlock to the International Space Station in 2019. This milestone is only the latest of many that has seen the orbiting laboratory gain increased commercial use.

  • NanoRacks platform placed outside International Space Station

    Eric ShearAugust 18th, 2016

    On Aug. 9, 2016, the NanoRacks External Platform (NREP) was placed on the exterior of the International Space Station (ISS). It was completely self-funded by the company and is the first-ever commercial gateway-and-return to the extreme environment of space. It was designed in-house and manufactured by Airbus whose also has an office in Houston.

  • NextSTEP-2 companies to develop deep space habitat prototypes

    Derek RichardsonAugust 13th, 2016

    Earlier this week, NASA selected six U.S. companies to develop deep space habitat ground prototypes under the second Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP-2) Broad Agency Announcement. The goal of these partnerships is to advance commercial development of space while supporting human spaceflight missions to beyond low-Earth orbit (LEO).

  • NASA, CASIS and NanoRacks will refly student experiments lost on SpaceX CRS-7 accident

    Jim SiegelJuly 24th, 2015

    Eight students from Chatfield High School located in Littleton, CO, along with hundreds of other spectators who attended the ill-fated June 28 Commercial Resupply Services 7 (CRS-7) launch, got a reminder of just how challenging it is to send payloads into orbit. They, and students from dozens of other schools across the country, had experiments aboard the Dragon […]

  • ISS deploys two cubesats following repairs to launcher

    Jim SharkeyMarch 3rd, 2015

    On Friday, Feb. 27, two small Dove satellites belonging to Planet Labs were successfully deployed into orbit from the International Space Space (ISS). This was the first deployment attempt since the recent completion of on-orbit repairs to the station’s satellite deployment system. More Dove satellites will be deployed through March 15 when the deployment window […]