TheNational Space Society (NSS) has named Jeffrey Manber the 2019 recipient of NSS' Space Pioneer Award for Entrepreneurship. Jeffrey Manber is the CEO of NanoRacks and is a leading entrepreneur in the new space arena. Space commerce promises to open the door to space development.
The prestigious award will be presented to Mr. Manber at the Society's 38th annual International Space Development Conference (ISDC®), to be held in the Washington DC area at the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel from June 6-9, 2019. NSS invites the public to come meet, interact and learn from Jeffrey and attend his award ceremony.
Jeffrey Manber hasaided the Commerce Department during the formation of the Office of Space Commerce in the 1980s, served as Managing Director of Energia USA where he assistedthe creation of the first commercial contract between NASA and a Russian organization, and served as the CEO of MirCorp, where he managed the world’s only fully private crew launch to orbit as well as leasing the Mir Space Station.
Since 2009, Manber has placed multiple items of NanoRacks microgravity research hardware on the International Space Station (ISS), plus satellite dispensers for deployment of CubeSats and microsats from ISS and Cygnus. To date, he has launched over 700 payloads for 32 nations, including the first commercial research project from a Chinese organization on the ISS, the Beijing Institute of Technology. Manber is now also poised to install and operate the world’s first commercial airlock on ISS and is leading the way to a post-ISS future of private space stations through his Outpost program.
The Pioneer Award consists of a silvery pewter Moon globe cast by the Baker Art Foundry in Placerville, CA, from a sculpture created by astronomical artist Don Davis. The globe, which represents multiple space destinations, sits freely on a brass support with a wooden base and brass plaque. The support and base are created by renowned sculptor Michael Hall of Studio Foundry of Driftwood, TX with the brass plaque from Art Hall Awards of Austin, Texas.