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Nanoracks, Voyager Space, and Lockheed Martin Awarded NASA Contract to Build First-of-its-Kind Commercial Space Station
DENVER, Dec. 3, 2021 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

-- Starlab to anchor NASA's Commercial Low-Earth Orbit Destinations project as 
the space economy continues to grow

Nanoracks, in collaboration with Voyager Space and Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT], 
has been awarded a $160 million contract by NASA to design its Starlab ( ) commercial space station as part of the 
agency's Commercial Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) Development program. Starlab will 
enable NASA's initiative to stimulate the commercial space economy and provide 
science and crew capabilities prior to the retirement of the International 
Space Station (ISS).

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"While today marks a major milestone for Nanoracks and our Starlab team, the 
impact goes far beyond this award," said Dr. Amela Wilson, CEO at Nanoracks. 
"To receive this support from NASA validates over a decade of Nanoracks' hard 
work forging commercial access to space, bringing over 1300 commercial payloads 
from 30 nations to the ISS. This opportunity opens far-reaching possibilities 
for critical research and commercial industrial activity in LEO.  We are 
honored to be selected as one of three awardees to work with NASA, and we 
cannot wait to bring our existing global commercial customer base to Starlab."

The initial $160 million award to Nanoracks is made via a funded Space Act 
Agreement through 2025. This initial NASA-provided funding will be supplemented 
with customer pre-buy opportunities and public-private partnerships. Fully 
owned by Nanoracks, Starlab is planned to reach initial operating capability in 
2027, which ensures continuous human presence in LEO by U.S. entities. NASA 
will have the opportunity to purchase crew and payload services on Starlab 
through separate services contracts with Nanoracks.

Nanoracks has unparalleled commercial experience on the ISS. Joined by Voyager 
Space's sophisticated investment strategy and expertise in operational 
integration and Lockheed Martin's engineering knowledge and strategic vision, 
the Starlab team presented a formidable program for the future of LEO 

The basic elements of the Starlab space station include a large inflatable 
habitat, designed and built by Lockheed Martin, a metallic docking node, a 
power and propulsion element, a large robotic arm for servicing cargo and 
payloads, and the George Washington Carver (GWC) Science Park. The GWC Science 
Park is a state-of-the-art laboratory system which will host a comprehensive 
research, science, and manufacturing capability. Starlab will have the capacity 
to continuously host up to four astronauts to conduct critical science and 

"Starlab is the confluence of Lockheed Martin's rich space expertise and 
history, Nanoracks' innovation, and Voyager's financial savvy. This team is 
equipped to aid NASA on its mission to expand access to LEO and to enable a 
transformative commercial space economy," said Lisa Callahan, Vice President 
and General Manager, Commercial Civil Space at Lockheed Martin. 

Nanoracks will prime Starlab's development leveraging over a decade of 
experience as the pathfinder and global leader in commercial ISS utilization. 
Voyager Space, the majority shareholder in Nanoracks, will lead strategy and 
capital investment, and Lockheed Martin, a leader in developing and operating 
complex space technology, will serve as the technical integrator of the new 
advanced space station.

"Starlab's impact on space commercialization cannot be understated," said Dylan 
Taylor, Chairman and CEO at Voyager Space. "Today we are witnessing a major 
economic shift, where space businesses are tangible, well capitalized, and 
commercially sustainable. It takes a planet to explore the universe, and we 
invite the global community to be part of Starlab's success."

About Nanoracks

Nanoracks, a Voyager Space Company, is the world's leading commercial space 
services provider. Nanoracks owns and operates private hardware on the 
International Space Station and has launched over 1,300 research experiments, 
deployed over 300 small satellites, and installed the Bishop Airlock. Today, 
Nanoracks leverages over a decade of experience to develop new commercial space 
systems in direct response to customer needs. These space systems include 
converting commercial launch vehicle upper stages into functional secondary 
platforms, building new habitable space stations, supplying payload and crew 
airlock systems and services infrastructure, and more. Follow @Nanoracks on 
Twitter to learn more.

About Voyager Space

Voyager Space is a global leader in space exploration. Voyager's long-term 
mission is to create a vertically integrated, publicly traded NewSpace company 
capable of delivering any space mission humans can conceive. The firm's 
first-in-industry model is uniquely tailored to support the growth needs of 
commercial space companies by replacing traditional private capital models with 
a longer-term approach that provides permanent capital. To learn more about 
Voyager Space, please visit: and follow @VoyagerSH ( 
) on Twitter.

About Lockheed Martin

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT ( 
)) is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 
114,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, 
development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology 
systems, products, and services. Please follow @LMNews ( 
) on Twitter for the latest announcements and news across the corporation.

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