NASA to Ferry Commercial Expansion of Research Capacity on International Space Station. The research opportunities at the U.S. National Lab on the International Space Station are about to increase thanks to NanoRacks LLC.
The company, an entrepreneurial venture, has developed a low cost facility for industrial and educational microgravity research on the space station. The company’s second research platform is slated to blast off this week on board the space shuttle Atlantis.
Under a Space Act Agreement with NASA for the use of the ISS National Lab on the International Space Station, NanoRacks’s second research platform will join the first one that is already on the station. An astronaut will activate both platforms within the next month. To read more, download NanoRacks Release 04 Commercial Expansion (46k pdf)