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NanoRacks Senior Leaders Speak in Japan at JAXA International Space Station “Kibo” Utilization Symposium

February 8, 2019 Conferences No Comments Email Email

NanoRacks, the world’s leading commercial space station company, envisions enabling in-space manufacturing of pharmaceuticals and fiber optics, allowing for ecological monitoring- and more – making space a key player in finding the solutions to problems here on Earth. This will be done by operating multiple, profitable, in-space platforms owned and operated by both government and private organizations around the world. These platforms – or Outposts- as NanoRacks calls them, are already under research and development.

Under CEO Jeffrey Manber’s leadership, NanoRacks today is the largest commercial user of the International Space Station (ISS) and a key user of the Japanese Kibo Airlock on ISS, having deployed over 220 CubeSats into low-Earth orbit via the Company’s commercially developed “NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer.” NanoRacks has opened the door to emerging space nations and new-to-space users, bringing research and satellites to orbit from over 34 countries.

Mr. Manber has a long history of opening access to space, specifically in his time as CEO of MirCorp, the company which privately leased the Russian space station “Mir.” Mr. Manber is still today the only American to work for the Russian space program and the only person to have ever leased and operated a private space station, including a commercial crew expedition, for over 70 days. Earlier, Mr. Manber carried over the first contract between NASA and the Soviet Union.

Chief Innovation Officer Michael Lewis comes to Japan with broad experience in bringing innovations to orbit – from plug-and-play hardware to advanced robotics, he understands the technology needed to make space exploration successful – and profitable – to best benefit life here on Earth.

NanoRacks, with a mission to democratize access to space, sees a long-lasting partnership with Japan’s government and commercial industry, one which began on the ISS, and will continue onto Outposts and future commercial platforms.

Mr. Manber will be providing a keynote speech on February 13th, highlighting the long history of public-private partnerships in enabling commercial transportation – from railroads to airplanes, and now space exploration, and the expansion of activities in low-Earth orbit.

To schedule a meeting during Mr. Manber or Mr. Lewis’ time in Tokyo, or for media inquiries, please email

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