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View the latest about NanoRacks External Platform Program for microgravity research experiments outside the International Space Station in low earth orbit.

External Commercial Space Station Platform Starts Second Mission After Astronauts Swap Payloads On Orbit

NREP Install Inside ISS

Houston, Texas – May 1, 2017 – NanoRacks has successfully completed the change out of the second round of its privately owned External Platform (NREP) payloads mounted on the outside of the International Space Station (ISS). Thermo Fisher Scientific/Florida Institute of Technology’s Charge Injection Device (CID) and Honeywell Aerospace/Morehead State University’s Dependab…

NanoRacks’ Research Platform Outside of International Space Station Ready to Host New Research

February 23, 2017, Houston, TX — Early this morning, SpaceX’s Dragon successfully berthed to the International Space Station, carrying the next payload, Thermo Fisher Scientific’s “CID,” for the NanoRacks External Platform (NREP). The NREP is a permanent addition to the International Space Station, mounted each mission on the outside of the Space Station on the Japanese Exposed…

NanoRacks External Platform Deployed Outside International Space Station

August 9th, 2016 – Houston, TX – NanoRacks’ commercial gateway to space is officially open for business. The NanoRacks External Platform (NREP) has been placed outside of the International Space Station (ISS) on the JEM Exposed Facility.

The self-funded NREP is the first-ever commercial gateway-and-return to the extreme environment of space. Following the CubeSat form factor, payloads can…

External Platform Customers Prepping for ISS

External Platform Customers Prepping for ISS

August 24, 2015 – Houston, TX – The fifth Japanese H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV-5) successfully berthed with the International Space Station (ISS) this morning at 6:28 a.m. EST.

On board is the NanoRacks External Payload Platform (NREP) that will be externally mounted to the Station on the JEM facility, and expected to be permanently open for business in spring 2016.

The NREP customers…

NanoRacks External Platform, CubeSats, Launched to ISS on Japanese HTV-5

The NanoRacks External Payload Platform (NREP), and 16 customer CubeSats, were successfully launched to the International Space Station on Wednesday, August 19 via the fifth H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV) Commercial Resupply Mission.

The External Payload Platform offers new mission opportunities for small size hosted payloads in the extreme environment of space. This commercial gateway will b…

NanoRacks External Payload Platform Ready for Space Station

Houston, TX-March 3, 2015 – NanoRacks is excited to announce that on February 17, 2015, the NanoRacks External Payload Platform (NREP), manufactured by Airbus DS Space Systems Inc., was delivered to Lockheed Martin Cargo Mission Contract to be prepared for launch.

The NREP will be launched on the Japanese HTV-5 International Space Station Cargo Resupply Mission.

The NREP will provid…

NanoRacks to Team with SSL for Potential Contract Awards Under the U.S. Air Force Hosted Payload Solutions Program (HoPs)

Washington, D.C.—July 22, 2014 –The United States Air Force has awarded a five year IDIQ contract opportunity to SSL under the Hosted Payload Solutions Program (HoPs) in order to facilitate the placement of payloads designed for Geostationary (GEO) and Low-Earth (LEO) orbit.

NanoRacks is pleased to be one of the SSL LEO team services providers, utilizing its External Payload Platform as a…

NanoRacks’ Space Station External Payload Platform Completes Manufacture

External Payload Platform Completes Manufacture

June 16, 2014–Houston, TX– NanoRacks and Astrium North America are excited to announce that the first-ever commercial External Payload Platform for the International Space Station has entered NASA verification tests in preparation for a launch to the space station later this year.

This External Payload Platform (NREP) will provide low cost, repeatable access to the outside space environment…

Update on Our Activities

By Jeffrey Manber –

It’s nice that after three years (not a long time) the industry is taking notice of NanoRacks. We have just completed our busiest quarter, which included having over 25 payloads on the latest SpaceX, becoming the first company to arrange for a small satellite to be deployed from the ISS and conducting a workshop with Space Florida for the international competition for 8…

External Platform Completes First Interim Design Review

Las Cruces, NM – At the 2012 International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight, NanoRacks and Astrium North America announced the successful completion of the 1st Interim Design Review (IDR) for the External Payload Platform (EPP).

The EPP owned and financed by NanoRacks, is designed and developed jointly by NanoRacks and Astrium. The platform is to be mounted on t…

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