President, International and Space Stations

Jeffrey Manber

Prior to Voyager Space, Jeffrey was the Co-Founder and CEO of Nanoracks from 2009 through 2021. Today, Jeffrey remains Chairman of the Board at Nanoracks.

Jeffrey steered the growth of Nanoracks from a garage space in Webster, Texas to the first commercial space station company with customers. Under Jeffrey’s leadership, Nanoracks was a pioneer, and now leader, in commercial low-Earth orbit utilization, and now in partnership with Voyager Space, intends to build the first-ever commercial space station.

Under Jeffrey’s leadership at Nanoracks, the company flew over 1300 payloads from over 30 countries to the International Space Station, ranging from governmental agencies to universities and commercial organizations. In 2017, Jeff and his team brought the first-ever commercial Chinese experiment to the International Space Station.

As the only American to ever work officially for the Russian space station program, his prior experience includes serving as Managing Director of Energia USA, the American arm of RSC Energia. In 1991, he carried over the first commercial contract between NASA and the Soviet Union to use the Russian Soyuz as an escape vehicle for Space Station Freedom. Later, Jeffrey represented the Russian space organization when the basic contracts to realize the International Space Station were negotiated.

As CEO of MirCorp, which leased the Russian space station Mir, he oversaw the first-ever commercially funded crew mission, of over 70 days, to the Mir space station. His experience developing the business base for Mir forged the path for Nanoracks’ success on the International Space Station and now on their own commercial platform.

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 the Space Frontier Foundation’s 2017 Pioneer of New Space Award. In 2018, Jeffrey spoke before the National Space Council and U.S. Vice President on commercial trade with China on space services.