BISHOP AIRLOCK

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The Commercial Gateway To Space

The Bishop Airlock is the first permanent, commercial addition to the International Space Station infrastructure. The Bishop Airlock offers 5x the current volume that can be moved in and out of the Space Station today. Built and operated by Nanoracks, Bishop will enable commercial utilization of the International Space Station to its fullest extent. 

 

 

Payload Combination

Combine multiple microgravity payloads and satellite types in one Airlock sortie.

Standardization

We stick to our principles. Standard rack and locker payloads. Similar electrical interfaces. The Mission Management you know and love.

Supporting Spacewalks

Large equipment can now be robotically moved to the outside of the ISS, creating an external ‘toolbox’ for crew members on a spacewalk. 

Infinite Pointing

No limit to pointing options while attached to CanadaArm2. Zenith, Nadir, Ram, Wake – tell us what you need.

Pressure Is On

Payloads can be operated in the vacuum of space or in various pressure conditions up to 14.7 psi.

Increased Throughput

Over 5x the volume of the current airlock on ISS. Up to 144U of payloads at once.

Bishop Configurations

Overview
360 View
Hosted Payloads
Satellite Deployment
Microgravity Research

SIX HOSTED PAYLOAD SITES AVAILABLE

Pressurized or unpressurized launch opportunities available. Oceaneering GOLD 2 connector provides electrical, mechanical and robotic interface. Infinite pointing options while on the SSRMS (CanadaArm) – including Ram, Wake, Zenith, and Nadir.

Nominal Payload Envelope:

  • 24” x 24” x 28” (0.6m x 0.6m x 0.7m)
  • 500 lbs (227 kg)
  • Exceedances may be considered on a case by case basis

Power: 120 VDC; 350 watts (nominal)

  • Maximum 700 watts but must coordinated with Nanoracks as total Airlock payload power available is 2.6 kW berthed and 1.8kW un-berthed – This is a shared resource so payload usage will be managed by Nanoracks.

Data: Ethernet protocol (nominal)

  • 100 Mb/sec to Airlock avionics
  • Data rate from Airlock to ISS: 100 Mb/sec berthed (hardwired to Node 3); 10 Mb/sec un-berthed (WIFI)
  • Data rate to ground to be negotiated with NASA
  • Data storage capability within Airlock avionics

Redundant power and data interfaces

Redundant fiber optics and coaxial connections also available and terminated inside of Airlock pressure shell

NUMEROUS DEPLOYMENT CONFIGURATIONS

Nominal Payload Envelope

  • Maximum payload size 44.2″ x 44.2″ x 50″ and 709 lbs
  • Must fit through Node 3 Hatch
    • 46″ if CPAs rotated and kick-plate installed (nominal)
    • 50″ if CPA’s removed (premier)
  • Maximum 144U per Airlock sortie

Various satellite sizes can be hosted during one sortie. Can combine CubeSat deployer with multiple MicroSats.

Deployment commands will be operated by Nanoracks Operations Team

MICROGRAVITY RESEARCH RACKS

Nominal Payload Envelope. 

  • Maximum payload size 44.2″ x 44.2″ x 50″ and 709 lbs
  • Must fit through Node 3 Hatch
    • 46″ if CPAs rotated and kick-plate installed (nominal)
    • 50″ if CPA’s removed (premier)

Power: 120 VDC; 350 watts (nominal)

  • Maximum 700 watts but must coordinated with Nanoracks as total Airlock payload power available is 2.6 kW berthed and 1.8kW un-berthed – This is a shared resource so payload usage will be managed by Nanoracks.

Data: Ethernet protocol (nominal)

  • 100 Mb/sec to Airlock avionics
  • Data rate from Airlock to ISS: 100 Mb/sec berthed (hardwired to Node 3); 10 Mb/sec un-berthed (WIFI)
  • Data rate to ground to be negotiated with NASA
  • Data storage capability within Airlock avionics

Operations conducted by in the Nanoracks “Bridge” in coordination with NASA, crew, and customer.

Image Credit: Houston Chronicle – Marie D. De Jesús/ Staff photographer | Location: Nanoracks Clean Room

Bishop In Action

Bishop’s unique bell-jar design allows this airlock to function in a multitude of ways, expanding the services we provide our customers every day in space. Bishop was designed to function today on the International Space Station, and tomorrow, detached and moved onto a Nanoracks Outpost.

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