Episode 19: Jeff Manber, CEO of NanoRacks, New Space Entrepreneur Unfiltered

CubeSats are deployed from the International Space Station facilitated by the commercial service provider NanoRacks Credit: NASA.

Today on SpaceQ my guest is Jeff Manber, CEO of NanoRacks. Jeff has a degree in neuroscience and started his career in media, so how did he become the successful space entrepreneur that he is today? That story and others are part of this candid interview.

Some of the topics we discuss include:

  • Jeff’s background and ability to work internationally where others have problems.
  • Russia’s commercial space program in the 90’s and today.
  • Making the Mir Space Station commercial.
  • Tourists in space including, Lance Bass and Astro Mom.
  • How NanoRack’s managed to take 580 payloads to the International Space Station and launch nearly 200 satellites.
  • How the company was funded, future funding and advice for entrepreneurs.
  • Will there be a future NanoRacks space station?
  • Working in Canada.


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About Marc Boucher

Boucher is an entrepreneur, writer, editor & publisher. He is the founder of SpaceQ Media Inc. and CEO and co-founder of SpaceRef Interactive LLC. Boucher has 20+ years working in various roles in the space industry and a total of 30 years as a technology entrepreneur including creating Maple Square, Canada's first internet directory and search engine.

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