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As part of the team, KSAT will work together with NanoRacks to anticipate the communications requirements for future crewed and autonomous missions and develop dynamic, effective solutions for low-Earth orbit and beyond. (Image courtesy NanoRacks)
In August 2018, NanoRacks was one of 13 companies selected by NASA to study the future of commercial human spaceflight in low-Earth orbit, including long-range opportunities for the International Space Station. 

The Company has brought together an expansive industry team that they will be working with to complete this study and show the viability of commercial habitats (“Outposts”) in low-Earth orbit and the future of International Space Station commercial utilization.

KSAT welcomes the opportunity to partner with NanoRacks and to contribute to this study about the future of commercial spaceflight” says Katherine Monson, Head of KSAT USA. “Building on our legacy of supporting NASA missions, KSAT brings more than a half century of experience and expertise in space communications enabled by the world’s largest commercial ground infrastructure.”

This team is unprecedented,” says NanoRacks Commerce Director and Principal Investigator for the LEO Commercialization Study Adrian Mangiuca. “We have experts across the aerospace industry contributing innovative technology and business concepts, all for one collaborative program.

Together NanoRacks and KSAT will anticipate the communications requirements for future crewed and autonomous missions and develop dynamic, effective solutions for low-Earth orbit and beyond.

Participating partners include:

United Launch Alliance (ULA) – LEO Village
Terminal Velocity Aerospace – Payload Return
Stratolaunch Systems Corporation – MLV Outfitting to Outpost Specifications
Lunar Resources – In-space manufacturing 
Space BD – Collaboration on Satellite Deployment
Olis Robotics -Telerobotic Operations
Made in Space – In-space Manufacturing
Space Adventures – Space Tourism
Altius – Proximity Operations
Deep Space Industries – Orbital Maneuvering 
Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT) – Ground Station Coordination

In this 4-month study, NanoRacks will investigate the commercial case for the re-purposing of in-space hardware, specifically the upper stages of launch vehicles, via the NanoRacks Space Outpost Program. NanoRacks, and their low-Earth orbit commercialization team, aim to define the market, policy, and contractual ecosystems required for the commercial sustainability of the Outpost Program – both as autonomous and human-habitable platforms.

This study intends to provide a viable, realistic roadmap for all low-Earth orbit stakeholders, from the United States Government to commercial suppliers and end-users. 

Full pressrelease from NanoRacks announcing the Industry Team Supporting Winning NASA LEO Commercialization Proposal can be found here

Recent story in The New York Times featuring NanoRacks outlook on of space exploration

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