The sky is no longer the limit for FedEx.
The company on Tuesday announced its intention to capitalize on the burgeoning commercial space industry. Don't expect to see a FedEx-branded rocket launching anytime soon, though. The venture, called FedEx Space Desk, is designed to be a "one-stop shop for space industry customers." The new unit will provide information about shipping everything from satellites to biomedical materials designed to be used in space. FedEx's new service applies its geolocation tracking and packaging expertise to let commercial space companies ship sensitive, expensive materials before and after they are sent into space.
The video below shows how FedEx worked with Kentucky Space to ship a CubeSat miniaturized satellite. As Kris Kimel, president of Kentucky Space, explains in the video, the company used to hand-deliver such sensitive equipment to partners. "When you work on something for a year it's hard to trust its delivery to just anyone, and if we don't make the launch then we'll have to start all over again," Kimel says.
The Space Desk is the foundation of FedEx Space Solutions, which the company says is "designed to provide logistics support for companies and organizations shipping space-bound satellites, technology and other space assets." Space Solutions will feature a team of specialists trained by Space Tango, a space industry consultancy, and apply the same sort of tracking used for terrestrial deliveries to those bound for outer space.