Nanoracks, along with partner companies, announced the launch date window for its very first commercial free-flight space station named Starlab.
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Starlab is set to become the world’s first free-flight commercial space station, which means it will not be locked in an orbital position, separating from the International Space Station. The new space station will feature a 12,000 cubic foot habitat module that will accommodate four astronauts. In addition, Starlab will include a laboratory to conduct research, a large external robotic arm for servicing payloads and cargo, as well as a payload capacity of 776 cubic feet – similar to the ISS.
Jeffrey Manber, CEO and co-founder of Nanoracks, said in the press release: “From the beginning, Nanoracks sought to own and operate a private space station to fully unleash market demand. Our team has spent the past decade learning the craft of space stations, understanding customer needs, mapping market growth, and investing in private ISS hardware like the Bishop Airlock. Nanoracks and our team are excited to work with NASA and our friends around the world as we move forward with Starlab.“
In addition, Nanoracks will provide one of its customers, NASA, “comparable research capacity and volume to the ISS, but at significantly lower construction and operating costs. This allows NASA to invest more in missions to the Moon, Mars and beyond.“
The press release indicates that Starlab should become operational by 2027. For more information on this future space station, see this link here.