Jeffrey Manber not only leads Nanoracks, one of the fastest growing space startups in the US. He’s also a space royalty, having been the first US citizen to have an official role within the Russian space industry after the Cold War.
Nanoracks was set up with the vision to build the world’s first commercial space station company with customers. It has a history of developing commercial spacecraft and has even launched small satellites from the International Space Station.
The company has “hundreds of payloads” from domestic and international organisations in its customer pipeline, with customers including high schools and space agencies.
“We were the first company to open the doors to space to students and professionals alike with a fast, cost-efficient pathway to in-space educational and research programs,” Nanorocks writes on its website.
“We envision robotically-operated Outposts in different orbits and inclinations, serviced by the launch and in-space services ecosystem that is just now emerging today.”.
In the ‘90s, Manber was senior official for American subsidiary of Russian energy company RKK Energia, where he was involved in opening of relations with NASA and the US industry. Later, in 1999, he became CEO of MirCorp, which leased the Russian space station Mir. He also funded the world’s first commercial human crew into space.
He wrote about these experiences in the memoir Selling Peace, offering insight into the US-Russian relationship during the golden age of space exploration, and in eyewitness account Three Sisters at the Revolution. Manber has also written a political thriller, Them Hustlers.Tags: Nanoracks, Space, space exploration, USA