The People of NewSpace: Mark Kinnersley — Transitioning to Commercial Space
The eighth of thirty six reasons to attend ISPCS. Astrium North America’s Director, Resident Liaison Orion European Service Module, talks about Astrium North America’s (ANA) transition from a traditional business model towards a commercial approach. This Houston, Texas based company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Airbus Defence and Space Space Systems group of Bremen, Germany operates as a small, agile and independent operating subsidiary and has had the opportunity over the last few years to transition towards a more commercial approach beginning with the development of the Shuttle-borne Integrated Cargo Carrier, developed commercially and leased to a government customer, NASA. More recently in partnership with Nanoracks Inc., ANA has commercially developed the ISS mounted External Platform under a Space Act Agreement leasing space to commercial customers with the CASIS organization playing a key role in enabling this customer base. Further commercial offerings include ‘off-the-shelf’ life sciences equipment / payloads including centrifuges, biological facilities for station. This commercial approach aims to make access and utilization of the station’s unique infrastructure much more convenient and simpler. At ISPCS 2014.