Images from space, taken by NASA’s Android smartphone powered satellites
The primary goal of the mission was to see if a consumer-grade smartphone could be used as the primary computer to control avionics for a satellite in orbit, in this case two HTC Nexus One devices and a Samsung Nexus S.
While in orbit, the satellites sent hundreds of packets of data to ground stations around the world. NASA collaborated with amateur radio operators to collect the data from space and piece together the images that were taken with the smartphone’s cameras. The images were transmitted back to earth in pieces at only 1,200bps, accounting for some of the faults in the pictures.
The collection of images above and below is the result of several years’ work, culminating in the two-week space flight, launched from NASA’s Wallops Island Flight Facility in Virginia last month. NASA wants projects like this, a student led effort, to foster further research into commercial, academic and citizen-space applications.
Click here to see the PhoneSat page, including the dashboard of amateur operators around the world
source: NASA via The Verge
1. Taken by Graham, April 23, 2013
2. Taken by Bell, April 23, 2013
3. Taken by Graham, April 24, 2013
4. Taken by Bell, April 24, 2013
5. Taken by Graham, April 25, 2013
6. Taken by Bell, April 25, 2013
7. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
Seems that it is just a caps from a live video stream, not a photos and video was transferred with some kind of Real-time Transport Protocol. So please don't talk crap about low quality photos...
20. D.Aceveda (Posts: 366; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)
Watch out guys. We got a Nasa employee over here
35. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
No, I'm not working at NASA, but at the moment I'm working with an project which use Real-time Transport Protocol.
28. omar300 (Posts: 194; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)
i like the choice of these scientists. they had all 3 nexus. seems like they are fan of android too.
and even though there theory is correct that you can send consumer size product in space. but Come on! what good is that picture?
21. taikucing (unregistered)
some parts of the photo are blurry because there are losses in transmission due to atmosphere or noise. Probably the transmitter power is too weak.
30. htc_evo_3d (Posts: 84; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)
You are right dude. the pics are blurry due to loss in transmisson( in bytes) and not because of the phone itself. Some guys are complaining about the quality of the phone and recommending Nokia :P
34. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
First of all it is not a photos, it is just a caps from a live video stream. Second of all this "blurry squares" are here because some data packets was lost during live video stream using some kind of Real-time Transport Protocol. In other words, internet speed was not stable. :)
32. roscuthiii (Posts: 1873; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)
"The images were transmitted back to earth in pieces at only 1,200bps, accounting for some of the faults in the pictures." - Maxwell R.
3. jibraihimi (Posts: 695; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)
They should have used nokia pureview 808 for this, then we could have got better pics......
4. Sangeet (Posts: 232; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Moral of the story
"Let a phone be a phone, don't try to make it a satellite"
19. Igneel (unregistered)
Yeah.. I think it's irrelevant and a waste of money..
5. N-fanboy (Posts: 538; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)
Android huh? Nasa, you better prepare yourself for some malwaaaaaaaare and some hacking ahahahahahahaha
6. tedkord (Posts: 5264; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
They tried to use a Nokia, but it was to thick and heavy for the rocket to carry.
10. samystic (Posts: 194; Member since: 25 Mar 2012)
making incomplete statements without model no. / name makes you a jealous person... please stay in the cave
13. sorcio46 (Posts: 407; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)
Weight in space matters, ask to Nasa if grams are so important... they will tell you yes, cause more weight = more fuel needed to go in orbit = more money ;-)
16. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
your such a child
this whole nokia weight crap is allowed on here, but anyone mention samsung and plastic and fanboys scream murder lmao
if nasa cant handle a nokia phone on a rocket then we all have no hope of going to the moon again ......besides least nokia's could handle re-entry if it happened just dont get hit if they come flying down to earth
17. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
That was so funny, and true®
9. sorcio46 (Posts: 407; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)
That's why Nasa used Android powered phones, cause they are perfect for every need, even in the space :D
11. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
please leave the blind worship at home, nothing is perfect especially for everything fanboy
seen many of your comments so no need to reply your a straight up fanboy
12. sorcio46 (Posts: 407; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)
WP and iOS devices nowadays have locked bootloader (so you cannot install your own system) so shut up fanboy, and learn some IT!
Plus Android is the only one that CAN WORK on almost every Hardware.
15. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
kid you owned no one, you just making yourself look stupid
you seem to think rooting which lets face it is a way to get more out of a device due to it not been what you need out the box is what everyone does.....fact is the people who do root are in the minority. the general market rooting is nothing.
next android can work on almost any hardware, all os can advance to work on faster more powerful hardware. the warhorse symbian proved this been able to pack a 41mp sensor with oversampling something no android device can replicate
wp looks to be next for the major camera advancement, so all os's will have there pros and cons nothing is perfect for everything fanboy
you should look at renting because you cant own anyone kid
24. taikucing (unregistered)
I wonder why NASA uses android phone. The experts in there know why they use it. Probably they know the power inside the android as well as they use linux for their supercomputers. OK, the camera is not good, probably they use the cheap phone. And if you want a good picture, why don't you send nokia phone into space? Can nokia phone fulfill NASA's need?
31. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
your acting like NASA are going to go full android for everything.....get a damn grip
this was a test, they were trying something face it no one on here knows there real reasons. why do android fanboys have to glorify everything android then then defend other android fanboys in groups
im not been nice to your kind this sites riddled with your lot and its truly pathetic
ive not said anything bad about android just that it aint perfect you decide this is an insult fanboy and group with the above android loving troll
you loose all creditability doing that and your put in the pile of fanboys that arent worth the effort anymore
18. sbw44 (Posts: 412; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)
Show me a android device that has a 41MP Camera running on an 1.3Ghz Arm 11 cpu! like the 808 PV!
Show me a Android device that can take 1080p videos and still do 3times loseless zoom!
Wait there is nothing!
22. taikucing (unregistered)
already hacked & modified to fill NASA's need hahahaha
8. mikewillz (Posts: 44; Member since: 03 May 2013)
Why use older Android phones and not newer models?
14. lyndon420 (Posts: 1785; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
Because they were developing these satellites a while back for this mission. And the fact that they were nexus devices.
23. Diazene (Posts: 129; Member since: 01 May 2013)
an android, in space? a nokia would be much better, they can actually endure such harsh conditions
25. AeroPrime (Posts: 173; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)
Doesn't the Nokia Lumia 920 was way up high in space and it took pictures of the earth. People just doesnt know how advance is Lumia 920.
27. clevername (Posts: 1431; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)
Its sad how poor most peoples reading comprehension here is. The pictures don't matter. The quality is irrelevant. The success of the mission was in using smartphone hardware and software. Nasa wasn't trying to see if they can tale good pics, they wanted to see if consumer level software could power NASA equipment. This is a great thing. It will lead to a drastically reduced budget for NASA. That said, windows phone could never do this as it is. The hardware, and software of a Lumia would probably be capable, but with all the limits on the firmware, windows phone couldn't be programmed for it. I'm not a hater either, I use a 920, but I'm no blind fanboy either.
29. linkhatchet (Posts: 13; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)
I'm guessing some people read not one word what the post was really about an not just some mission to take damn pictures.