Bishop Airlock Module

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The NanoRacks Bishop Airlock Module is a commercially-funded airlock module intended to be launched to the International Space Station on SpaceX CRS-19 in 2019.[1] The module is being built by NanoRacks and Boeing,[2] and will be used to deploy CubeSats, small satellites, and other external payloads for NASA, CASIS, and other commercial and governmental customers. It will be delivered to the ISS via a Commercial Resupply Services mission.[3]

Background[edit]

Under the International Space Station's designation as a facility of the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space US government-funded national laboratory, NanoRacks has an agreement with NASA to send payloads from academic and private sources for installation on the ISS' experiment racks or deployment from the equipment airlock in the Japanese Kibo module. Limitations on NASA's use of the JAXA facility created a bottleneck, prompting NanoRacks to develop their own airlock to increase satellite deployment capabilities.[4] A Space Act Agreement between NASA and NanoRacks to develop a private airlock was signed in May 2016,[2] and the NanoRacks-Boeing plan to build and launch the module by 2019 was approved in February 2017.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://nanoracks.com/nanoracks-adds-thales-alenia-space-to-airlock/
  2. ^ a b "NanoRacks, Boeing to Build First Commercial ISS Airlock Module".
  3. ^ a b Garcia, Mark (3 February 2017). "Progress Underway for First Commercial Airlock on Space Station".
  4. ^ "To boost commercial activity, NASA may add private airlock to ISS".