NanoRacks will be pursuing International Space Station opportunities in cooperation with ALTEC and Thales Alenia Space — to pursue these opportunities, the company will be staffing their first, formal, European-based office at ALTEC's facilities in Torino, Italy.
The office will serve as a business development hub for European and Asian customers. International customers will enjoy NanoRacks end-to-end turnkey services and technical advice, now in a more accommodating time zone.
The companies will build together a directory of end-to-end solutions to lower the barriers for European and Asian customers to access LEO. This directory will include a combination of hardware, software, and on-the-ground services. Bishop, the NanoRacks commercial airlock module, will also be considered a part of ALTEC and Thales Alenia Space’s space product portfolio. The office will also house NanoRacks technical personnel as required for successful completion of Bishop.
The first effort will be a joint workshop in Torino to highlight the new team and specifically, market opportunities to be made available via the Bishop airlock. This workshop is expected in 4th quarter 2018.
NanoRacks CEO Jeffrey Manber said that there are important markets in Europe and Asia. The company is setting up with ALTEC and Thales Alenia Space to grow the relationship of the companies and to remain the leader in commercial space station utilization globally. NanoRacks looks forward to leveraging the expertise of ALTEC and Thales Alenia Space to continue the exponential growth of the commercial ecosystem in LEO.
Walter Cugno, VP, Exploration and Science at Thales Alenia Space, added that the company will bring to this program more than 40 years of experience in the design and production of high-technology solutions and will continue with NanoRacks to provide these capabilities for future business opportunities in new markets.