Commercial Infrastructure in Orbit

The future of in-space infrastructure has arrived. Leveraging our 10+ years of providing commercial in-space services, the Outpost program is an initiative to transform the spent upper stages of launch vehicles into controllable destinations across multiple orbits.

Imagine a future where Nanoracks-built hardware allows the empty fuel tank of any rocket to come back to life after launch, but this time as a facility for robotic manufacturing, satellite servicing, a greenhouse, or even crewed operations. Just as a computer operating system provides the framework for other applications to build upon, Outposts are the pillars of economic infrastructure in space, democratizing access while prioritizing orbital sustainability.

Book your payload on an Outpost

How it Works

Each Outpost is brought to life by Nanoracks’ Mission Extension Kit (MEK), a proprietary hardware solution that provides power, pointing, data-handling, and communications for the Outpost.

Starting now, Nanoracks is accepting payloads for our initial Outposts, scheduled to fly in 2024. These Outposts will serve as persistent infrastructure for doing business in orbit.

Long duration hosting as a service

Take advantage of low-cost integration and rapid mission timelines as a secondary payload. Outpost configurations allow for multiple payload hosting locations on the upper stage.

Access to orbit

Leverage Nanoracks’ existing CubeSat deployment expertise to deploy your payload rapidly and at low-cost.

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Platform for tech development

Low-risk, seamless operational logistics with Nanoracks’ mission management services allows for rapid, flexible, and unique access to the orbital environment for pathfinder missions or prototype testing.

Why Outpost

Iterative Development

Each new Outpost will build new capabilities, eventually including robotics, satellite servicing, Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) and more.

Launch Vehicle Agnosticism

Nanoracks is developing MEK configurations for a number of launch vehicle classes, with the eventual goal of complete vehicle flexibility.

Rapid Integration

MEK’s are integrated as an approved secondary payload, turning any launch into an Outpost rideshare. Outpost configurations allow for multiple, pre-approved payload hosting options on the upper stage.

Sustainability & Debris Mitigation

With Outposts, spent upper stages live on as controllable infrastructure, rather than orbital debris. Position yourself as a commercial leader in space sustainability.


Outposts, in conjunction with other Nanoracks technology development projects, will serve as the central locations for future, more complex orbital operations.

Outpost Milestones

Launching in December 2021 is our first in-space Outpost technology demonstration mission: A self-contained hosted payload platform that will demonstrate the robotic cutting of second stage representative tank material on-orbit.

For Nanoracks to successfully repurpose upper stages and extend in-space missions, we must be able to cut metal without producing any orbital debris. This demonstration is a major first step.