The nonprofit ArduSat initiative has selected NanoRacks LLC to coordinate the launch of the first U.S. commercial satellites from the International Space Station using the small spacecraft deployment system successfully demonstrated by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and NASA from the orbiting lab’s Kibo science module in early October. Two launches of the arduino-based, 1-kg CubeSats are envisioned in 2013, one in the summer and the second in the fall, according to Peter Platzer, ...


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