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NASA sends another cheap Android-powered satellite in space, makes it dial home

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NASA sends another cheap Android-powered satellite in space, makes it dial home
Remember the PhoneSat project that NASA started in April to prove that commercial electronics can be sent into space, making satellites much cheaper than they are now? Not only did it result in these beautiful space shots, but the proof of concept is getting a second mission now.

NASA shot up another mini-satellite now, powered by a Samsung-made Google Nexus S, and dubbed PhoneSat 2.4. The tiny Android-powered cube weighs just 2.2 pounds, and is this time equipped with a two-way S-band radio, enabling amateur radio at a frequency of 437.425MHz to communicate with the contraption.

PhoneSat 2.4 is planned to spend a year in space, and if NASA manages to prove that tiny satellites like this one, which cost $7500 to make with off-the-shelf consumer electronics, can do a job similar to custom ones that go for millions, its budget will be cut ingenuity will open the door to a whole lot of possibilities within the existing reduced budget. Check out the launch video below.



source: NASA

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posted on 09 Dec 2013, 09:57 2

1. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2988; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Cute little rocket.

posted on 09 Dec 2013, 12:30

2. Aplusk (Posts: 105; Member since: 10 Nov 2013)


$7500 .

posted on 09 Dec 2013, 14:44 1

3. Furbal (Posts: 333; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


Wonder how long those signals can travel and what they can carry.

Build 10,000 of them with 5-7 year battery life and send them in every direction and see what we information we can get back!

posted on 09 Dec 2013, 17:04

4. applesucker (Posts: 81; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


hahaha! where are those trolls that says its fake from the previous articles?

posted on 09 Dec 2013, 19:49

5. taikucing (unregistered)


why don't NASA use WP & iOS? Some fanboys say open source sucks because everybody can modify it.

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