Outpost Program

NanoRacks Space Outpost Program

NanoRacks envisions a future in space where commercial outposts – today known as space stations and habitats – populate the solar system. 

NanoRacks is the only commercial space station company with existing customers with a pathway to be operating in space in the near term, with realistic price points. This is the NanoRacks Space Outpost Program.

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  • Outpost Program – Independence-1
  • Outpost Program – Independence-1

More information and media can be found on the NanoRacks Space Outpost Program mini-site.

The NanoRacks Space Outpost Program which was initially chosen to be part of NASA’s NextSTEP effort in 2016, successfully conducted a comprehensive feasibility study evaluating the conversion of rocket upper stages into habitats (“wet labs”). This innovative approach offers a pathway that is more affordable and involves less risk than fabricating modules on the ground and subsequently launching them into orbit.

In 2018, NanoRacks announced the Company was awarded a study contract by NASA to help develop a vibrant future commercial space economy. This study was awarded to 13 companies to study the future of commercial human spaceflight in low-Earth orbit, including long-term opportunities for the International Space Station. Through this award, NanoRacks is investigating the commercial case for the repurposing of in-space hardware.

NanoRacks first Outposts will be the “Independence” series.

Learn more here.

NanoRacks Space Outpost Program Repurposing spent upper stages of launch vehicles and converting them into commercial space stations in orbit.