Android-powered satellites headed to space
posted by Scott H. / Aug 24, 2012, 3:45 PM
As part of a program to explore how small cheap satellites can be made with off-the-shelf parts, engineers are NASA’s Ames Research Center have created 10cm square satellites that use Nexus phones as the computing brains that power the satellite. The four pound mini-satellites can be launched dozens or even hundreds at a time, bringing lots of aggregate observing power on the cheap.
Two models are currently in development, dubbed PhoneSat 1.0 and PhoneSat 2.0. The 1.0 model runs on the inveterate Nexus One, while the 2.0 model sees an upgrade to the Nexus S. The circling of our planet should being later this year, as two PhoneSat 1.0s are planned to hitch a ride to orbit alongside a PhoneSat 2.0. The simpler spacecraft will come with an extra battery (it’s hard to plug in while in LEO) and mostly serve to collect data on how the phones perform in the hard vacuum of space. The 2.0 version gets tricked out with more options, like solar panels and reaction wheels, allowing for a longer duration mission that can include changes in orientation of the satellite.
Sending little green robots into space will pick up next year, and NASA has missions on the drawing boards that include low-cost moon missions, as well as Earth observation missions that would benefit from many having many eyes in the sky. Now if NASA can just manage to snag a Galaxy Nexus for the next gen satellites they’ll be able to play Angry Birds in HiDef!
source: PC World via Droid-Life
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Hmmm.... Maybe Martians will find out how awesome Android is..
posted on Aug 24, 2012, 3:47 PM 19
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ASTRONAUT: Houston Im having trouble with the lockscreen, it seems the reflective glass on my helmet is not allowing a proper biometric scan. Im gonna do a second attempt. HOUSTON: This is Houston, you're not going to remove your helmet are you? ASTRONAUT *choke*
posted on Aug 24, 2012, 10:04 PM 3
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lol love to see ios do that ( and not charge an arm and a leg for it)
posted on Aug 24, 2012, 3:50 PM 17
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I've had two Android phones and enjoyed them both... but does anyone get the feeling sometimes that Google = Cyberdyne, Chrome = Skynet, and Android = Cyberdyne Systems Model 101 (and beyond)? Or is that just me? Either way, allow me to welcome our glorious new overlords. *ahem* Kill all humans!
posted on Aug 24, 2012, 4:45 PM 2
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Then again... Android vs. ios in outter space sounds pretty cool.
posted on Aug 24, 2012, 4:58 PM 3
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"...'DROIDS.....IN...... SPAAAAAAAAACE" *cue corny early sci-fi movie music*
posted on Aug 24, 2012, 5:13 PM 3
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(at the beggining of the movie) ...Google, NASA, Samsung and HTC have teamed up in a great effort to send our favorite robot, andy, into space, before, andy was just found on the surface of the earth but now he will be taking a thrilling journey into outer space where the true power of the droids will be shown. This is DROIDS......IN...........SPACE.
posted on Aug 24, 2012, 7:14 PM 4
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