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NanoRacks Airlock Module

The Commercial Gateway to Space
Brock Howe, Airlock Project Manager
NanoRacks LLC
bhowe@nanoracks.com

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ISSRD, Washington, DC July 2017

About the NanoRacks Airlock

• The NanoRacks Airlock Module is our next generation ISS
payload facility and it builds upon NanoRacks successful
NanoLab Modules, NanoRacks CubeSat Deployers,
External Platform and Kaber Deployer
• An enabling system to provide additional capability for
future utilization of ISS - both commercial and
government use
• Provides additional airlock capacity for deployment
satellites from ISS, housing experiments, and the ability to
move equipment inside to outside ISS

Node 3
NanoRacks
Airlock
Cupola

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Airlock Milestones

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Space Act Agreement Signed
May 17, 2016

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ISS Change Requests Directive
Signed

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Start of Integrated Assembly

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Phase 3 Safety Review

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Integrated Testing Complete

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Ship To SpaceX

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Launch!

July 28, 2016

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3
MARK02 presentation

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January 2018

July 2018

Systems Requirements Review
August 30, 2016

Phase 0 Safety Technical
Interchange Meeting
September 7, 2016

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Phase 2 Safety Review

Preliminary Design Review

January 2019

December 2018

February 2017

Phase 1 Safety Review
March 2017

Critical Design Review
October 2017

January 2019

2019

More About Our Program
• Commercial development
• NanoRacks is the leading technical team to execute
this project
• Internal funds, customer down payments, and investor

NBL PHOTO

contribution is financing the project
• NanoRacks will own the facility for it’s lifetime
• Non-Reimbursable Space Act Agreement (OZ-16-047)
with NASA to develop the Airlock
• Change Request 15277 approved by the SSPCB to
integrate the Airlock to the ISS
• Targeting mid-2019 launch
Photos from the NASA JSC mockup of the NanoRacks Airlock Module at the
Neutral Buoyancy Lab where astronauts train for EVAs

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Boeing Contract - Prime Vendor & Partner

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Passive Common
Berthing Mechanism

Access to Boeing
Engineering and
Technicians

Hardware
Contract

Commercial Space
Leadership

• Key interface to International

• Prime contractor to NASA and

• For PCBM and additional

• Participation with NanoRacks,

Space Station (ISS)

ISS for engineering

engineering services

the recognized commercial

• Used for PCBM installation and

leader in low-Earth orbit

risk reductions for technical

• Period of performance goes

issues

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through ISS lifetime and
extends if Airlock is used on
future commercial space
stations

Building a Bigger Gateway to Space

• Current bottleneck at the JEM Airlock
• Limited size (~25 ft3, (0.70 m3))
• Only ~10 openings per year with the

NR A/L Envelope

JEM A/L Envelope

restrictions on who uses these openings
• NanoRacks Airlock will expand those capabilities
• Over 5X the volume (~141 ft3, (3.99 m3))
• Number of openings driven by commercial
market and ISS availability (4-8 times per year
expected)

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Airlock Technical Overview
External Payload Sites
(OSS GOLD 2)

Secondary
PVGF

Bell Jar design
No hatch

PCBM

Launch
Vehicle FSE

EVA Handrails

WIFI Antennas

MMOD
Shielding
Primary
PVGF

Node 3 Stovepipe
Cap MMOD
Seat Track

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Satellite Deployment from the NanoRacks Airlock Module
• The Nanoracks Airlock Module will be able to deploy much larger satellites that
currently available through the JEM Airlock
• Our Airlock will be able to increase throughput by deploying up to 4 small satellites per
Airlock sortie (opening) versus just one at a time through the JEM Airlock

“HayBale” is deployed from NanoRacks Airlock in similar
fashion to ESPA/Kaber type satellites, using NRSS or
Lightband. NanoRacks Airlock is then re-berthed to ISS.
Once adequately separated from ISS, the orbiting
“HayBale” deploys pairs of cubesats over time until
deployments are complete. Empty “HayBale” orbit
degrades and “HayBale” is destroyed upon re-entry.

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NanoRacks “HayBale” Deployable Cubesat Dispenser
(144U capability in configuration shown)

Representative Small satellite
shown. Typical size that can
go through JEM Airlock now.
Could fit up to four of these
satellites in at one time

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Combination Payload Deployer

Two Small Satellites

• Combine payloads on one Airlock sortie
• Various payload sizes
• Various payload customers (government,
commercial, etc)

Haybale CubeSat
Deployer

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