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Tiny NASA satellites to be powered by Android phones

By Rick
Aug 27, 2012
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  1. Samsung's Nexus One is about to make a giant leap into the inky blackness of space, courtesy of NASA. The iconic agency aims to make headway in its Small Spacecraft Technology Program by determining if inexpensive consumer hardware can dependably……

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  2. Small correction: the Nexus One is manufactured by HTC, not Samsung. :)
     
  3. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,242   +1,549

    Or possibly Nexus S by Samsung.
     
  4. stbecker

    stbecker TS Rookie Posts: 32

    Anyone else thinking that a projectile fired from ground-based artillery might also work? A multi-tiered capsule could shield the device from the atmospheric resistance as long as it could withstand the acceleration. Wiki railgun and there's even suggested spacecraft launch applications.
     
  5. TJGeezer

    TJGeezer TS Enthusiast Posts: 385   +10

    "After the launch of PhoneSat 1.0, a more advanced successor is planned. PhoneSat 2.0 will be upgraded to a Nexus S and contain more sophisticated hardware..."

    Wow - I thought I was reading yet another corporate product announcement, missing only the required executive statement: "We're excited to offer this revolutionary new product to the market, which has demonstrated a huge pent-up demand," said Yet Another CEO. "By coincidence, the release is planned for the beginning of Xmas shopping season."

    To be a featured product at Best Buy? Heck of note when a new NASA project resembles something the kids will clamor for at Toys R Us.
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