Bishop, formerly known as NanoRacks Airlock Module, is a small commercial airlock module attached to the ISS. The NanoRacks Airlock Module will offer five times the satellite deployment volume than current opportunities available on the Space Station today.
Nanoracks is the prime contractor, with Thales Alenia Space building the pressurized shell and Boeing providing the berthing mechanism.
The Bishop airlock is a four-cubic meter bell-shaped canister that attaches to the Node 3 (Tranquility) module. It does not have hatches, instead the Canadarm2 robotic arm connects to either of the two grapple fixtures in order to move the airlock on or off the station's berthing port which does have a hatch. The payloads are deployed or exposed to space via the open berthing port. The second grapple fixture allows the airlock and its contents to be carried along the main truss on the Mobile Base System.
Launch is planned for 2020 with the Dragon CRS-21 cargo mission.
|Type / Application:||Airlock module|
|Contractors:||Thales Alenia Space|
|Power:||provided by ISS|
|Orbit:||400 km × 400 km, 51.6° (typical)|
|Bishop||N/A||06.12.2020||CCK LC-39A||Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5)||with Dragon CRS-21|