Your Alternative to a Dedicated Satellite Mission

Satellite development is not the only solution for an operational or technology demonstration mission in LEO. For many missions, particularly where the primary interest is the data or demonstrating a new operational concept, sensor, or hardware, Hosted payloads on the International Space Station (ISS) can be a viable alternative.

Such an option would reduce overall programmatic costs, reduce risk and complexity by providing power and data as a standard service, schedule assurance. For the past four years, Nanoracks has demonstrated viability with the Nanoracks External Platform. Over the past ten years, Nanoracks has built significant trust and relationships within the ISS program, sending 1000+ payloads to Station, and building an experienced team ready to tackle new programs and your mission!

Want Your Hardware Hosted on Bishop?

Nanoracks will get you there

Bishop Hosting Features

LocationMovable on SSRMS (CanadaArm)
Payload Sites6 external slots available
Payload Envelope24" x 24" x 28" (500 lbs/227 kg)
PointingRam, Wake, Zenith, Nadir & more
Mission Lifetime15 weeks (nominal), extension available
Power120 VDC; 350 watts nominal
Data100 Mb/sec to Bishop avionics
Nominal TurnoverL-3 Months
Mission CustomizationAvailable by request

Power: 120 VDC; 350 watts (nominal)

  • Maximum 700 watts but must coordinated with Nanoracks as total Airlock payload power available is 2.6 kW berthed and 1.8kW un-berthed – This is a shared resource so payload usage will be managed by Nanoracks.

Data: Ethernet protocol (nominal)

  • 100 Mb/sec to Airlock avionics
  • Data rate from Airlock to ISS: 100 Mb/sec berthed (hardwired to Node 3); 10 Mb/sec un-berthed (WIFI)
  • Data rate to ground to be negotiated with NASA
  • Data storage capability within Airlock avionics

Redundant power and data interfaces

  • Redundant fiber optics and coaxial connections also available and terminated inside of Airlock pressure shell.

More information

Download the Bishop Airlock IDD or get in touch for further information about Bishop Hosted Payloads or Bishop Satellite Deployments.

Bishop module hosted payloads