Boeing and NanoRacks LLC have teamed up to develop the first privately funded commercial airlock to be installed on the ISS.
The NonoRacks Airlock module will be designed to deploy small satellites from the International Space Station (ISS), and could offer 3 times the capacity of the current airlock, which is located on the Japanese Experiment Module.
“The installation of NanoRacks’ commercial airlock will help us keep up with demand,” said Boeing International Space Station program manager Mark Mulqueen. “This is a big step in facilitating commercial business on the ISS.”
“We are entering a new chapter in the space station program where the private sector is taking on more responsibilities. We see this as only the beginning and are delighted to team with our friends at Boeing,” said Jeffrey Manber, CEO of NanoRacks.
The NonoRacks Airlock module is set to be attached to the U.S segment of the ISS in 2019.