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Re: Nanoracks' Bishop Airlock
« Reply #100 on: 12/24/2020 09:11 pm »
Here's some good info on the GOLD2 connectors used on Bishop (also used on MISSE-FF and Bartolomeo).
I'm less sure MISSE-FF also uses the GOLD2 interface, I think it might use a smaller GOLD interface.
But it's a nice document and both Bishop Airlock and Bartolomeo host GOLD2 payloads.

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Re: Nanoracks' Bishop Airlock
« Reply #101 on: 12/25/2020 12:24 am »
I'm less sure MISSE-FF also uses the GOLD2 interface, I think it might use a smaller GOLD interface.
But it's a nice document and both Bishop Airlock and Bartolomeo host GOLD2 payloads.

Here's a photo of MISSE-FF samples inside the ISS - the connectors would appear to be GOLD2 interfaces, except they are black in colour rather than blue/gold.
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Re: Nanoracks' Bishop Airlock
« Reply #107 on: 02/04/2021 03:26 am »
I'm less sure MISSE-FF also uses the GOLD2 interface, I think it might use a smaller GOLD interface.
But it's a nice document and both Bishop Airlock and Bartolomeo host GOLD2 payloads.

Here's a photo of MISSE-FF samples inside the ISS - the connectors would appear to be GOLD2 interfaces, except they are black in colour rather than blue/gold.
AFAIU Black is GOLD1.

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Re: Nanoracks' Bishop Airlock
« Reply #108 on: 02/05/2021 08:09 pm »
https://twitter.com/nasaspaceflight/status/1357798208857137156

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Woohoo!!! @Nanoracks #BishopAirlock pressurization and leak check is complete! ✅ She passed with flying colors!!!
 Next step is Node 3 hatch opening and crew ingress which is scheduled for Monday morning.

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Re: Nanoracks' Bishop Airlock
« Reply #109 on: 02/06/2021 12:42 am »
I don't think I've seen this NanoRacks patent from a few months ago discussed https://uspto.report/patent/app/20200156810

Looks like they're considering Bishop follow-ons (likely in the form of additional cylinder segments between Bishop itself and ISS) for FRAM-mounted payloads and human EVA. The human EVA part is interesting as previous official diagrams showed them favoring a stretched single-piece airlock for humans

I don't see where the patent discusses human EVA through a Bishop airlock extended by this kind of cylinder. Is there another source for that?

Also, paint me dubious about any airlock for human EVA where the human can't close the hatch themselves. Relying on a robotic arm seems risky. ("Open the pod bay doors please, HAL." ;-)
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Re: Nanoracks' Bishop Airlock
« Reply #110 on: 02/19/2021 12:06 pm »
Best view currently available looking into Bishop from Node 3.

From B_Rock_Howe on Twitter.
« Last Edit: 02/19/2021 12:09 pm by Space Pete »
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Re: Nanoracks' Bishop Airlock
« Reply #111 on: 03/01/2021 11:30 am »
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Re: Nanoracks' Bishop Airlock
« Reply #112 on: 03/02/2021 07:52 pm »
This by-the-way is the best photo of the CBM that I've ever seen, as every major component is visible, which really helps to see how it works.

I've labelled some of the major components in this image.
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Re: Nanoracks' Bishop Airlock
« Reply #113 on: 03/06/2021 07:45 pm »
NASA Johnson photos from flickr of first crew entry to Bishop airlock

https://flic.kr/p/2kHwtr3

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Re: Nanoracks' Bishop Airlock
« Reply #114 on: 03/06/2021 08:03 pm »
I can see why Nanoracks is bummed about NASA massively jacking up prices for crew time and upmass/downmass, right as they've got this nifty facility up and running. I guess NASA prefers Axiom's business model, where they procure their own CCT/CRS-class missions and fly their own crew.

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Re: Nanoracks' Bishop Airlock
« Reply #115 on: 03/10/2021 12:59 pm »
https://twitter.com/nanoracks/status/1369647304890793985

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🛰LIVE THREAD🛰

At 8:05 am CST we will be doing a live downlink with ISS crew members Shannon Walker where the Nanoracks team will be asking questions about the new installed Bishop Airlock and commercialization in space!

« Last Edit: 03/10/2021 01:00 pm by FutureSpaceTourist »

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Re: Nanoracks' Bishop Airlock
« Reply #116 on: 06/04/2021 01:10 pm »
Some cool stuff going on at the @Nanoracks #BishopAirlock facility with a successful end-to-end test of our trash deployer system today. Next deployment: on-orbit demo this fall! And no, you don't actually see the trash bag in this test as it's too heavy in the 1g environment.

https://twitter.com/B_Rock_Howe/status/1400526850917601291

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Re: Nanoracks' Bishop Airlock
« Reply #117 on: 06/04/2021 05:03 pm »
Interview with Nanoracks on 24th May.

https://mainenginecutoff.com/podcast

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Re: Nanoracks' Bishop Airlock
« Reply #118 on: 10/20/2021 09:02 pm »
Last week the @Space_Station crew set up the new GITAI robotic arm technology demonstration. The GITAI tech demo will test the small robotic arm’s ability to push buttons, flip switches and plug and unplug cables inside the station saving the crew time.

https://twitter.com/ISS_Research/status/1450852582373662725

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Re: Nanoracks' Bishop Airlock
« Reply #119 on: 01/21/2022 04:51 pm »
Two interesting Nanoracks patents I came across:

This one about Bishop operations, also detailing a ring-style CBM extender module for FRAM payloads that Bishop could berth to.
https://uspto.report/patent/app/20210031953

This one is interesting too - an SSRMS grapple fixture deployment device for jettisoning unwanted external hardware.
https://uspto.report/patent/app/20200216200
« Last Edit: 01/21/2022 04:51 pm by Space Pete »
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