Later this year, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will be launched from Central Florida, carrying a large “metal cup” that will be connected to the outside of the international space station. < / P > < p > the airlock is a product of aerospace company nanoacks, which helps private customers into space. So far, the company has created some small space binding hardware, such as a standardized research box that customers can use to experiment in the microgravity environment of the space station. It has also developed its own satellite deployer to launch tiny spacecraft into orbit – whether from the international space station or from smaller free flying spacecraft. < / P > < p > but this commercial airlock, known as & quot; Bishop & quot; is perhaps nanoacks’ most ambitious hardware product to date. The metal airlock, shaped like a bell jar, will connect to an available port outside the ISS and form a small circular bulge outside the orbital laboratory. A series of clamps and mechanisms on the edge of the port will be clamped to the airlock chamber to ensure a closed seal. The astronauts can then store items in the airlock by opening the port door. < / P > < p > “once it’s there, it’s just extra space until we want to use it,” Mike Lewis, chief Innovation Officer at nanoacks, told the verge. “We can use it in a variety of ways, the first of which is to bring things out.” < / P > < p > when the payload is installed inside the bishop, the astronaut will close the port door and pump air out of the airlock. The robot arm outside the station can then grab the bishop from the outside, take it out of the port, and expose its contents to the vacuum of space. Once any planned activity has been completed, the arm can put the airlock back on the port again, where bishop can get stuck again and form another airtight seal. “It’s very much like being on a submarine, when you’re going into water, except that you’re going into a vacuum,” Lewis said. < / P > < p > at present, there are three airlocks on the space station – two that allow people to leave the station, and one is the airlock of the Japanese experimental module, which is used to release payloads into space. So far, the Japanese airlock has been the only way for nanoacks to deploy its customers’ satellites into space. With bishop, the company has another option, which, according to the company, is more than five times the size of the current Japanese airlock. That means more customers can go into space in time to clear the backlog caused by only one airlock to be deployed. One of the major goals of the airlock module is to make it a satellite deployer. Customers can connect the deployment box to the inside of the bishop and plug the satellite into it. Then, when the airlock’s opening is exposed in space, the deployment box will launch their satellites and put them in orbit around the earth. What’s launched from bishop is not necessarily a long-term satellite. NASA has an agreement to put garbage from the international space station in containers that will be ejected from the airlock into space. The purpose of the container is to quickly fall out of orbit and burn up in the earth’s atmosphere. “The good side effect is that it can make a beautiful big meteor,” Lewis said. < / P > < p > bishop can also be used to simply expose an experiment to a vacuum in space. One of the company’s customers, a Japanese start-up called Gitai, will test its new robotic arm in bishop. In this way, the company can see how its technology behaves in a vacuum or pressurized space environment. Nanoacks also envisions installing research payloads on airlocks to observe parts of the earth from space. The company has added adapters to the exterior of bishop so that payloads and experiments can be connected to the outside of the airlock. Bishop can even be used to store tools that astronauts may need to walk outside the international space station. It is said that “gta5” will be launched on Google cloud game platform stadia