Nanoracks’ BlackBox is our feature platform that provides for larger, more advanced in-space research.
BlackBox is a remotely commanded platform that has research fully integrated on the ground and completely contained from the astronaut crew. We love working with the crew onboard the Space Station – but sometimes researchers want to use materials, chemicals, or biological agents that NASA deems just a bit too risky for the astronauts for maneuver themselves. So that’s why we built BlackBox!
All the astronauts have to do is plug the entire locker-sized platform in on-orbit for power and data.
BlackBox allows for multiple experiments to occur simultaneously.
Curious about the type of research you can do in BlackBox? Check out what the researchers at the MIT Space Exploration Initiative were up to on their inaugural BlackBox mission.