23.10.2021 – 00:33
Voyager Space; Lockheed Martin; Nanoracks
Continuously manned habitat to support research, industrial activities, and more
Nanoracks worked with Voyager Space and Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] formed a team to develop the first free-flying commercial space station. The space station, known as the Starlab, will be a continuously manned, commercial platform dedicated to conducting critical research, promoting industrial activities, and ensuring the continued US presence and leadership in low-earth orbit. It is expected that Starlab will be operational for the first time by 2027.
To meet the needs of the US government, international space agencies and the economy in space, these industry leaders will develop Starlab specifically for the expanding space economy and meet customer demand for space services such as materials research, plant growth and astronaut activities. Together, these companies have unparalleled experience in commercial space management, engineering and performance, technological innovation and investment strategy.
“From the beginning, it has been Nanoracks’ goal to own and operate a private space station in order to fully meet market demand,” said Jeffrey Manber, CEO and co-founder of Nanoracks. “Our team has spent the past decade learning the space station business, understanding customer needs, sensing market growth, and investing in private hardware like the Bishop pressure lock on the ISS itself. Nanoracks and our team look forward to working with NASA and our friends around the world as we advance Starlab. “
NASA recently announced the Commercial Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) Destination (CLD) project to support the development of private space stations. CLD will fuel a multi-faceted LEO economy and provide scientific and human resources in the LEO before the International Space Station (ISS) is decommissioned.
Nanoracks will drive Starlab’s development work, using its more than ten years of experience as a pioneer and world market leader in the commercial use of the ISS. Voyager Space, the majority shareholder of Nanoracks, will lead strategy and capital investments, and Lockheed Martin, a leader in the development and operation of complex spacecraft, will act as manufacturer and technical integrator.
The basic elements of the Starlab space station include a large inflatable habitat designed and built by Lockheed Martin, a metal docking node, a power and propulsion element, a large robotic arm for the maintenance of cargo and payloads, and a state-of-the-art laboratory system for comprehensive research – should accommodate science and production capacities. Starlab will continuously host up to four astronauts to conduct critical science and research.
“We are excited to be part of such an innovative and capable team – a team that enables any business to leverage its core competencies,” said Lisa Callahan, vice president and general manager, Commercial Civil Space, Lockheed Martin. “Lockheed Martin’s extensive experience building complex spacecraft and systems, coupled with the commercial business innovation of Nanoracks and the financial expertise of Voyager, enables our team to create a customer-centric space station that will advance our vision of the future Habitat technology that will enable us to propose a cost-effective, purpose-built spacecraft design for Starlab. “
Nanoracks’ Starlab business model was developed to enable science, research and manufacturing for global customers and to add value to long-term, sovereign astronaut missions. Starlab will also serve tourism and other commercial and business activities.
“Voyager Space is very confident that the Starlab business model will be commercially sustainable and well-capitalized,” said Dylan Taylor, chairman and CEO of Voyager Space. “Voyager Space sees numerous synergies from leveraging capabilities across all of our company’s businesses and within the Lockheed Martin ecosystem. For us, this partnership is just the beginning of our work together.”
Find out more about Starlab and the team here.
D’Mani Harrison-Porter, [email protected]
Nanoracks, a Voyager Space company, is the world’s leading provider of commercial space services. Nanoracks owns and operates private hardware on the International Space Station and has launched over 1,300 research experiments, deployed over 300 small satellites and installed the Bishop pressure lock. Today, Nanoracks uses more than a decade of experience to develop new commercial space systems in direct response to customer needs. This includes the conversion of the upper stages of commercial launch vehicles into functional secondary platforms, the construction of new habitable space stations, the provision of payload and crew lock systems as well as service infrastructures and much more. follow @Nanoracks on Twitter to find out more.
About Voyager Space Media Contact:
Abby Dickes, [email protected]
Voyager Space is a global leader in space exploration. Voyager’s long-term goal is to build a vertically integrated, publicly traded NewSpace company capable of carrying out every space mission imaginable. The company’s industry first model is specifically tailored to meet the growth needs of commercial space companies by replacing traditional private capital models with a longer-term approach that provides permanent capital. To learn more about Voyager Space, please visit: https://voyagerspace.com/ and follow @TravelSH on twitter.
About Lockheed Martin Media Contact:
Gary Napier, [email protected]
Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 114,000 people worldwide and is primarily engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and maintenance of advanced Technology systems, products and services. Please follow @LMNews on Twitter for the latest announcements and news across the company.
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