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VIDEO: Thought Leader Series – Starlab: A Commercial Destination In Space

The first-ever free flying commercial space station will be launching this decade. Nanoracks, in collaboration with Voyager Space and Lockheed Martin, has formed a team to develop the space station, known as Starlab.

This will be a continuously crewed commercial platform, dedicated to conducting critical research, fostering industrial activity, and ensuring continued U.S. leadership in low-Earth orbit.

Starlab is expected to achieve initial operational capability by 2027.

Learn more about this exciting new space station in our December Thought Leader Series, presented by UTMB.

About the panel

Panelists for this event include Adrian Mangiuca, Voyager Vice President, Infrastructure; Maj. Eleanor Morgan, Lockheed Martin Systems Engineer; and David Marsh, Nanoracks Strategic Lead, Space Systems.

Mangiuca serves as the Vice President of Infrastructure for Voyager Space, where he works on cross-portfolio integration and future capability development aligned with making humanity’s venture into space permanent. Mangiuca held prior roles at Made In Space and Nanoracks, where he aligned specifically with the design, funding, and execution of plans for the construction of long-duration space platforms. While at Nanoracks, Mr. Mangiuca served as principal investigator for the NASA-funded Low-Earth Orbit Commercialization Study and worked with 13 partner organizations to describe how a future LEO economy becomes sustainable.

Morgan currently serves as the program manager for Lockheed Martin’s space habitation development programs. In this role, she oversees the development and mission architecture for various orbital, surface, and transport spacecraft for low earth orbit and future expeditions to the Moon and Mars. Her prior industry experience includes conducting human spaceflight research at NASA’s Johnson Space Center as part of their Human Exploration & Research Analog (HERA) program. Prior to her space career, she was an active-duty combat aviator in the Air Force for 12 years as a C-17 and MQ-1 pilot, and continues to serve today as a major in the Air Force Reserve flying the MQ-9 Reaper.

Marsh is the Strategic Lead for Space Systems at Nanoracks, where he focuses on long-term planning for space station projects like Starlab and Outpost. Based in the Washington, D.C. office, Marsh has been on the Nanoracks team for two years. Prior to Nanoracks, he was a strategy consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton, working on a variety of Department of Defense advanced technology development projects in the Middle East, Latin America, and the DC metro area.

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