Voyager Space Holdings continues to develop its portfolio of strategic space services with the acquisition of a majority stake in XO Markets, the parent company of Nanoracks. Nanoracks has been providing commercial space services for years and recently supplied the Bishop airlock which was installed on the International Space Station. Bishop is the first permanent dedicated commercial airlock on the ISS and will provide a major increase in orbital platform access capabilities for small private satellites and research.
This is Voyager’s third major acquisition this year, after taking a controlling stake in The Launch Company, a launch support company that provides services and materials to facilitate launches, and works with companies. such as Relativity, Firefly Aerospace and Virgin Orbit. Voyager also picked up Pioneering astronautics (an R&D company working on propulsion, fuels, rapid prototyping and more) in 2020, as well as Altius Space Machines in 2019. Altius is a startup working on technology for servicing satellites in orbit.
Nanoracks is probably its most publicized acquisition, as the company has been involved in over 1,000 ISS projects, spanning on-station research and small satellite launches from the platform, as well as other orbital missions and in the deep space. Nanoracks has created a commercial space testing platform outside of the ISS and will demonstrate technology on a SpaceX mission next year that could potentially be used to convert the worn upper stages of launchers into mini commercial orbital space stations.
Voyager Space Holdings continues to strategically acquire new space companies, building a portfolio capable of offering clients many more “full service” solutions than any of these companies taken together. The business details of these arrangements are not shared, but they increasingly represent a way out for smaller companies approaching elements of the larger commercial space sector in a fairly specialized manner.