42: NanoRacks CEO Jeffrey Manber; Commercial Space Entrepreneur and Pioneer


Jeffrey discusses with Beth:

  • How Jeffrey became a entrepreneurial pioneer, becoming one of the first (commercial) space contractors (working on the Russian space program on MIR and Soyuz, and later with the international Space Station).
  • About starting the first commercial space company, NanoRacks and what’s on the horizon for the company’s (international) future…
  • About bringing whiskey to space!

And so much more, including Jeffrey’s perspective on:

  • About space exploration’s public and private partnership
  • About loving space exploration at a young age and why space is alive now more than ever!
  • How space is not the first or final frontier

About Jeffrey Manber: Jeffrey has served as the CEO of NanoRacks since 2009, growing the company into the first commercial space station company with customers. Before NanoRacks, Jeffrey was the only American to officially work for the Russian space program, he served as Managing Director of Energia USA, carried over the first commercial contract between NASA and the Soviet Union, and served as CEO of MirCorp, which leased the Russian space station. While at MirCorp, he oversaw the first ever, and still only, commercially funded manned mission, of over 70 days, to the Mir space station. Jeffrey later represented Russian space organizations when the initial International Space Station contracts were negotiated. He also co-developed the first fund dedicated to commercial space on Wall Street (Shearson Lehman) and has served as an adviser to numerous companies and governments. The author of three books, his second (Selling Peace) chronicles his time working with the Russian space program. In 2012, Jeffrey was awarded the NASA Exceptional Public Achievement Medal, and in 2017, Space Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer of New Space Award. In 2018, Jeffrey spoke before the National Space Council and Vice President Mike Pence on commercial trade with China on space services.


I was captivated by a frontier, and I still am. I’m captivated by the thrill of it. And so, I have now a ten-year-old. He’s in the fifth grade. And I say that young children are captivated by dinosaurs and space. Well, dinosaurs are pretty dead, but space is alive!

Jeffrey Manber

Read and learn more about Jeffrey’s work at: http://jeffreymanber.com/

Watch numerous media clips about Jeffrey and his perspectives at: http://jeffreymanber.com/media/

Read about NanoRacks here: http://nanoracks.com/

From Wikiwand.com: https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Jeffrey_Manber


 Jeffrey Manber is regarded as one of the pioneering commercial space entrepreneurs.[1] As CEO of NanoRacks, from 2009, Manber has steered the growth of the first company to own and market its own hardware and services on board the International Space Station.[2] Manber has been involved in several of the key breakthrough commercial space projects, principally those revolving around the commercialization of space assets as well as the integration of the Russian space industry into major space programs, including that of the International Space Station. Manber is believed to be the only American to be an official part of the Russian space corporation, RSC Energia, during their privatization period of the 1990s.[3]