Your Alternative to a Dedicated Satellite Mission

Nanoracks payload hosting services allow customer hardware to be mounted on the outside of the Internation Space Station (ISS). Sites on both the Nanoracks External Platform (NREP) and Bishop Airlock accommodate all types of payloads, including hardware for Earth observation, radiation exposure testing and technology demonstrations.

Payload hosting is an ideal alternative to satellite launch and development, allowing for rapid in-space evaluation of concepts and technology prior to adoption into a larger operational program. Key benefits include reducing overall programmatic costs and risk as well as reducing complexity by providing power and data transfer as standard services.

Want your hardware hosted on the ISS?

Nanoracks External Platform on-orbit

Standard / Economy Option

The Nanoracks External Platform (NREP) provides turnkey communication, power, and operations to hosted payloads mounted on the outside of the ISS.

Nanoracks Bishop Airlock on-orbit

Advanced / Large Option

The Nanoracks Bishop Airlock expands capabilities for larger, more advanced hardware, including an array of pointing options such as Ram, Wake, Zenith and Nadir.

Why Nanoracks

Faster Missions 

Host directly in the space environment, collect data, reduce risks and get to an operation program faster and cheaper.

Flexible Launch Windows

Choose between 4-5 launch windows per year and shift this at little to no cost, all the way up to L-110 days.

Highly Reliable Launches

Proven launch systems with well-defined schedules and less chance of launch delays.

Soft Stowed Launches

Payloads launched in bubble wrap or custom foam packaging inside standard Cargo Transfer Bags (CTBs) in the pressurized capsule. Reducing exposure to shock and vibration as a traditional rideshare mission.

Last Minute Preparation

ISS crew can perform assembly, removing covers and packaging on sensitive instruments and supporting efforts to solve last-minute issues that may arise.

On Orbit Check-out

Ability to bring the payload back inside the ISS to work on it and swap/change components to expand mission spectrum.

Payload Return

Opportunity to do on the ground post-mission analysis of the effects of the space environment on hardware, including failure analysis.

Quick Re-flight Turn-around

Opportunity to manifest failed missions for launch within 6 months. Insurance programs offered for re-flight of identical satellite in the event of failure.

High-quality Video Streams

Airlock operations are streamed in real-time in high-quality – not only for ensuring mission success but for customers that want to throw a launch party for their team and other stakeholders.