Nanoracks wants to host experiments on the plane. International Space Station With the first launch scheduled for next year, build used rockets to run their miniature stations.
At the end of 2020, the company conducted two Space Cubes launches and a space habitat construction experiment on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Nanoracks the paper was released on Monday (November 18th). The launch, in partnership with Maxar, will be the first demonstration mission for the company's Outpost project and will cut off material that mimics the second-stage rocket used in space. This is the first step in transforming such equipment into a space station that Nanoracks can market for the company.
Isal Structural metal cutting has never been done in space, and SpaceX has been honored to help demonstrate an indication of this ability, Gw said Gwynne Shotwell, president and chief operating officer of SpaceX. said in the statement. Verici It's encouraging to see more companies like Nanoracks investing in new technologies to explore the moon and ultimately Mars. ”
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Nanoracks CEO last month Jeffrey Manber explained The company was supposed to fly such an Outpost demonstration mission by the end of 2020. With the Falcon 9 launch booked, the Outpost show will join eight other satellites operated by Nanoracks on the flight.
The show is designed to slice metal without producing anything space trash. Such orbital debris is a real threat to current and future satellites that may be damaged or destroyed by collisions. In the end, Nanoracks wants to convert used second-stage rockets into commercial space stations that may be central to tourism, advertising, research and other opportunities.
Next year's test project is based on NASA funding. The agency wants to encourage private companies to develop an orbital economy. In June, NASA announces new opportunities to bring business activities The International Space Station, including hosting private astronauts for up to one month at a time. At the time, NASA said it was looking for ways to encourage companies to build independent space stations on their own.
A project that targets this goal is already in space; Bigelow Extensible Event Module In 2016 he came to the space station to test the technology for such free-flying space stations.