Inside the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, engineers and technicians install a NanoRack on a Cygnus cargo spacecraft. The Cygnus will be launched to the International Space Station, or ISS, on the upcoming Orbital ATK Commercial Resupply Services-6 mission delivering hardware and supplies to the orbiting outpost. A NanoRack is a low-cost research platform for payloads on the U.S. National Laboratory on the ISS. Based on CubeSats, the standardized minilabs allow low cost use by researchers and commercial customers, as well as elementary schools, high schools and universities.
Photo credit: NASA/Ben Smegelsky