Nanoracks Bishop Airlock is the first-ever permanent, commercial addition to the International Space Station (ISS) and expands on our existing external payload hosting capabilities by offering 6 sites that accommodates larger payloads and provides an array of pointing options.
Hosting payloads on Bishop is an ideal alternative to satellite development and launch, allowing for rapid in space evaluation of concepts and technology prior to adoption into a larger operational program. Hosting on Bishop allows the researchers and companies to focus on collecting the data, sensor, or mission most important to them. Key benefits include reducing overall programmatic costs and risk as well as reducing complexity by providing power and data transfer as standard services.
1 – Payload handover to Nanoracks for a soft ride to the ISS
2 – ISS crew prepare and install payloads into Bishop Airlock
3 – Payload power-on checks and Airlock depressurized
4 – Robotic arm manoeuvers Airlock and positions payloads
5 – Airlock repressurized and payloads retrieved by ISS crew
Power: 120 VDC; 350 watts (nominal)
Data: Ethernet protocol (nominal)
Redundant power and data interfaces
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