The first Nanosatellite Launch Adapter System, or NLAS has been shipped for integration for a launch expected in late 2013.
Right now, nanosatellites can be deployed only in small numbers by rocket or from the International Space Station. But NLAS, developed by the Ames Research Center, can hold up to 24 cube satellites, opening up opportunities for smaller research projects to access space.
NLAS is expected to be used by NASA, other government agencies, and commercial entities.
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