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Google Nexus S working hard on the space shuttle

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Google Nexus S working hard on the space shuttle
The trio of SPHERES controlled by the smartphones

The trio of SPHERES controlled by the smartphones

The last manned space shuttle mission took a couple of Google Nexus S handsets into space. The handsets are being used to see how humans can interact in space with robots helping them live and do experiments. The Android flavored phones are also being used by NASA to upgrade three volleyball sized satellites called SPHERES (Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites, of course!). The pair of Nexus S units take the place of astronauts when it comes to recording sensor data and capturing video footage. According to Google, in the future the smartphones might control the movement of the SPHERES using the IOIO board and the Android Open Accessory Development Kit (ADK) could also be used.

The pair of Google Nexus S phones also run diagnostics for the SPHERES thanks to an app built by Google engineers. You can also install the app on your Android phone running Froyo or higher. It's called the Sensor Data Logger and is available for free from the Android Market. The app allows you to collect measurements from available sensors while recording video or taking photos in time-lapse mode. For more information, you can go straight to the NASA website which details more information on the use of smartphones in space.

source: Google

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posted on 01 Sep 2011, 15:36 2

2. Jasonhunterx (Posts: 110; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)


Bada more like haha that crap is a joke an nasa likes android because it is open source google an android is an american OS

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 15:38 3

3. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


first, bada is a really good OS. Check it out before you say anything.
Second, i know that NASA used an american OS, thats an easy decision, but why not choose WP7 if it is such a good OS everyone seems to be saying ?

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 15:46 2

6. Jasonhunterx (Posts: 110; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)


bada sucks get a real phone hell even a blackberry would be better then that junk

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 18:24

13. HeyBadaBadaSwingBadaBada (Posts: 10; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)


Yea its a good thing they didn't go with bada. Such a bloated, inefficient OS.

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 21:11

16. daniyo (Posts: 46; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)


anti bada man xD

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 23:24

17. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Swedish people aren't very bright, are they?

posted on 02 Sep 2011, 05:07

20. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


Of course they are, maybe you aren't miz ?
Can you stop with this nonsense ?

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 15:42 3

5. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


What's wrong with mentioning bada ?
It was just kinda of a joke, didn't you get that ?

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 15:48 3

7. Jasonhunterx (Posts: 110; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)


Yes that is all he talks about BADA sucks this fool said Wave 3 is gonna be better than next nexus that just tell you that he is an idiot

posted on 02 Sep 2011, 05:05

18. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


Where did i say he WAve 3 would have better specifications than the Nexus Prime ?????
I did not write that, that is something you are making up !
But still, the wave 3 is awesome in specifications.

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 17:13 2

11. wumberpeb (Posts: 434; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)


Awww, come on now sweetheart, dry your eyes. What's a comment from PeterfromSweden without a little love for Bada?

Maybe you love your blackberry, Win7, iPhone or Android phone, but others may have a different preference. I've never used it, but eventually Peter may sell me on it!

Maybe you could shut your own mouth, considering everyone on this site hates either Android or iOS and nobody's telling anyone to stop mentioning those. Besides, nobody wants to listen to someone who's not even registered on Phone Arena. Go read Engadget

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 18:01

12. dancore (Posts: 4; Member since: 01 Sep 2011)


I just registered u stupid @$$ i am open to all os jus stop the BADA pun on every songler post on PA, if u sweat peter, ur prob. Just sto the BADA PUN, its not funny anymore.

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 16:33 3

8. G-Reg (unregistered)


Jason nailed it on the head. ITS OPEN SOURCE!

"why not bada, why not wp7" SERIOUSLY??!!

And saying it’s because it American is just freaking hilarious. If our country really had that attitude,in any aspect,our econ, wouldn’t be where it’s at.

Instead of required email, there needs required IQ.

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 16:34 2

9. dancore (Posts: 4; Member since: 01 Sep 2011)


Exactly, im just fed up with the BADA crap.

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 16:47 6

10. Heatfan316 (Posts: 419; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


NASA chose Android because it's the most advanced OS in the world nothing compares sorry wp7,iOS ,blackberry,symbian,and bada.

posted on 02 Sep 2011, 09:07

21. G-Reg (unregistered)


Chill your thrusters there space ace.

NASA, unfortunitly didnt pick it because your opinion is its the most advanced. Its open source.. End of the story

Thats a very general term, especially with something as complex as an O.S.

I love my android, but to use such a blanket term saying its the most advanced, makes you seem sheepish.

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 18:26

14. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1927; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


Bada is chit!!!!! No good OS..

posted on 02 Sep 2011, 05:06

19. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


Your wrong there, bada is in fact very good OS. Check it out before you say anything negative !

posted on 03 Sep 2011, 12:47

23. symbian crap (unregistered)


peter i love ur comments rather the people agree or not u always make me laugh
only due to ur comments i also bought wave 2 its nice and smooth os
AND ALL THE f**kERS STOP TROLLING PETER

posted on 04 Sep 2011, 01:55

24. koreampuff (unregistered)


I have nothing again Bada and I'm all for it being an OS with great potential.

Plus there's also a matter of pride since it's Korean and I'm Korean;

Of course, I don't think it's yet on par with Android in levels of maturity and also Android's open source definitely gives it more of an edge than Bada.

But time will hopefully and most likely give growth - so I have nothing to say against Peter about the platform.

HOWEVER.
Peter, I get that you're a developer for Bada and you're a great fan of the platform and you're trying to promote it, but talking about Bada on every single article that doesn't even talk about Bada gets a little irritating. There's a time and place for everything and you literally troll everywhere about Bada.

Get a clue, yes?

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