WASHINGTON – Nanoracks is moving ahead with its plan to turn rocket second stages into Nanoracks Space Outposts thanks to an agreement with Canada’s Maritime Launch Services and an upcoming test test of a critical technology.
NanoRacks announced an agreement Oct. 23 at the International Astronautical Congress here with Canada’s Maritime Launch Services to work on repurposing a spent C4M upper stage already in orbit after launch from Nova Scotia’s Canso Spaceport.
“We envision populating the solar system with efficient platforms, that can serve as hotels, research parks, fuel depots, storage centers and more,” says Nanoracks CEO Jeffrey Manber, said in a statement. “We are proving time and time again that there are new ways to look at how we explore deep space, and that we need to think creatively, but work cost-efficiently. This agreement with Maritime Launch will provide us with the in-orbit test bench second stage articles to do exactly that, and to grow our space industry even further.”
In addition, NanoRacks also announced plans Oct. 22 to conduct a brief but critical test in orbit. Nanoracks plans to robotically cut a material representative of an upper stage in a self-contained hosted payload. The payload is scheduled to ...