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Nanoracks and GITAI Partner for Second In-Space Demonstration of Robotic System on the ISS
DENVER, July 11, 2022 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

-- Robotic demonstration paves way for commercial in-space operations

Nanoracks ( 
) , powered by Voyager Space ( 
), today announced its second Bishop Airlock ( 
) mission with GITAI ( 
), a Japanese space robotics startup. The project, marking the two companies' 
second collaboration, will involve demonstrating "S2," GITAI's 1.5 meter-class 
dexterous robotic system ( 
), on the Bishop Airlock - the first permanent, commercial platform added to 
the International Space Station.

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In 2021, Nanoracks and GITAI successfully completed ( 
) their first mission, demonstrating how leveraging the Bishop Airlock, a GITAI 
robot can execute versatile tasks such as In-space Servicing, Assembly, and 
Manufacturing (ISAM) and help save valuable astronaut time by robotically 
handling necessary crew activities. The second mission will demonstrate an 
expansion of these capabilities. ISAM tasks will be demonstrated in an 
externally hosted site on the Bishop Airlock and are intended to showcase 
GITAI's capability of providing extravehicular robotic systems that are durable 
in a space environment. This mission will utilize a full open-close cycle of 
the Bishop Airlock

"This mission is a key stepping-stone towards commercialization of LEO enabling 
both government and private sectors to obtain robust and high-performance 
robotics in space," said Dr. Amela Wilson, CEO of Nanoracks. "We look forward 
to completing a successful demonstration of GITAI's space robotics technology."

Notably, GITAI's latest technical demonstration will be key in exhibiting how 
commercial activities could be conducted on Starlab ( 
), Nanoracks' and Voyager's planned continuously crewed, free-flying commercial 
space station, for payloads and other potentially needed maintenance.

"Missions like this allow the Nanoracks team to test and execute on space 
station operations that will be critical for customer success on Starlab," 
continues Wilson. "The International Space Station is a testbed that continues 
to provide unparalleled opportunities for Nanoracks to master executing 
in-space activities, and we're grateful for NASA's continued support on the ISS 
today, and for the onboarding of new commercial space stations."

"There are a tremendous number of applications in space that our robotic arm 
can be used for, including on-orbit servicing and lunar exploration, and we are 
thrilled to be able to partner with Nanoracks yet again," said Sho Nakanose, 
founder and CEO of GITAI. "Our vision is to provide an affordable and safe 
means of labor in space, and this opportunity on the Bishop Airlock brings us 
one step closer to making that happen."

For more information on the Nanoracks Bishop Airlock, visit:

About Nanoracks
Nanoracks, powered by Voyager Space is a global leader for providing commercial 
space services. 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 or visit

About Voyager Space
Voyager Space is a space technology company dedicated to building a better 
future for humanity in space and on Earth. With nearly 20 years of spaceflight 
heritage and over 1500 successful missions as of July 2022, Voyager delivers 
space station infrastructure and services and technology solutions to 
commercial users, civil and national security government agencies, academic and 
research institutions, and more, with the goal to accelerate a sustainable 
space economy.

GITAI is a space robotics startup that aims to provide an affordable and safe 
means of labor in space. GITAI is developing general-purpose space robots that 
can perform inexpensive and safe operations of the following activities:

  1. EVA (Extra-Vehicular Activity) and IVA (Intra-Vehicular Activity) on 
     Space Stations
  2. Docking, mission extension, maintenance and repairs for ISAM (satellite 
     servicing and space debris removal)
  3. Lunar exploration and lunar base construction related tasks

Follow @GITAI_HQ ( 
) on Twitter to learn more or visit
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