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The first commercial airlock is heading to the International Space Station later this year

The hardware is a unique commercial airlock designed to carry loads and other materials from a pressurized space station to a space vacuum. The robotic arm outside the space station can then grab the bishop from the outside and pull him out of the harbor, exposing the objects there in a space vacuum. The space station currently has three airlocks – two that allow people to leave the station – and one airlock in a Japanese test module used to release payloads into space.

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