Google Nexus One becomes the first PhoneSat in orbit
posted by Michael H. / Feb 27, 2013, 9:55 PM
The group is studying a number of other things, but the interesting thing for us is the Nexus One. On Monday, the Nexus One was launched into orbit in a CubeSat called STRaND-1. A CubeSat is a small satellite that is only about 10cm cubed. In addition to the Nexus One, the STRaND-1 also houses altitude and orbit control system, two propulsion setups and a Linux-based computer with a "high-speed" processor.
In addition to studying the effects of space on consumer-grade electronics, the STRaND-1 will be putting into use apps that won a contest last year. One will give users photos from the Nexus One pinned to the map, and another will play user-submitted "shrieks" and attempt to record them using the Nexus One's mic, although we're not sure that the idea that there's no sound in space needs more testing at this point.
If nothing else, this may be the last time we hear about the Nexus One until it becomes a bonafide antique.
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/British-satellite-will-be-controlled-by-Google-Nexus-One_id39581 That was prelaunch though glad it made it into orbit.
posted on Feb 28, 2013, 2:32 AM 0
What I can't understand here is how they will heat the thing enough to keep the electronics from failing immediately in the vacuum temperature of space. I couldn't get half of the Nokia's to work at just 50,000 feet tethered to a weather balloon. Maybe it houses a sealed, heated, pressurized environment inside those 10 centimeters cubed?
posted on Feb 28, 2013, 2:33 AM 0
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The whole thing behind using a phone as a satellite will make lots of sense if we get better satellite launching options in the near future, would make small buisnesses and research projects be able to produce their own satellites at a relatively reasonable cost.
posted on Feb 28, 2013, 9:00 AM 0
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