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NASA’s PhoneSat Program to Launch Android-Powered Mini Satellites into Space

With the hope of restoring low-cost space exploration, NASA is planning to launch mini satellites into space powered by Nexus One and Nexus S smartphones. The program, called “PhoneSat” aims to launch the “lowest-cost satellites ever flown into space,” which I’m guessing just wasn’t possible if they used an iPhone instead. Zing? Two prototype satellites exist as of now, one being version 1.0, powered by the Nexus One and other is version 2.0 powered by the Nexus S. 

If version 1.0 has a successful launch, the team’s hopes is to launch version 2.0 with more equipment attached so they can get some useful data from the probe. Launch is expected later this year for the Nexus One powered satellite and who knows, maybe if all goes well we can land an Android on Mars. Wishful thinking.

Via: PC World

Cheers David and Jacob!

  • L. S.

    Is that Android on a balloon or a rocket?

    • AdamSchuster

      its on a balloon.

  • jim

    i guess ice sandwich in space would just freeze up 😉

  • Core Rooted

    All the notifications on the phone should be switched to the Space Cube from Portal 2.

    “ssssssspppppppppaaaaaacccccceeeee!!! I’m in ssssssppppppaaaaaacccccceeeeee!!!”

  • Drummer62

    Would love to hear story about Gnex getting its Jelly bean update. How many more weeks need to go by before we hear something about it you think?

    • jim

      I was talkin,well ok,complaining about that to a verizon supervisior,he said some have it,but they work for verizon and are reporting many problems with it, so god only knows when we will see it

      • Uncle CrackMonkey

        That’s funny because I have a first release of Bugless Beast Build JB on my Verizon GNEX and have had no more problems than with stock ICS. In fact probably fewer problems. The Bugless Build is simply a build direct from Google Source with the VZW Binaries added in. So is Verizon saying their paid engineers can not do at least as well the unpaid author of Bugless Beast??? I guess Verizon must be sending the tech work to India which means it will never get done.

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  • RGiskard

    Here’s what I don’t get: it costs (from what I can see), about $10,000 to launch one pound (of anything) into orbit. If you’re paying tens of thousands of dollars just to get your satellite to orbit, what does a few hundred more dollars on the computing power matter? Why use a consumer device at all?

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  • Sporttster

    I’ve got a phone I’d like to put in orbit. They can send it, ZING!

    • Guest

      Relevant picture is relevant.

      • Tex

        Was that supposed to make any sense, ‘Guest’?

  • Jason Purp

    Version 3.0 will use the Galaxy Nexus but it’ll have a terrible signal to Earth and it’ll die in 3 hours

    • … I know you are trying to be cute, but do you really think that NASA didn’t factor in keeping the device on?

      • Diablo81588

        Sure, but I’m guessing the factored in better radios as well.

        • If they can send and OTA update to mars and have it not brick the rover, I think they can handle a little cell phone. You people have no confidence in NASA.

          • Diablo81588

            I have nothing but confidence in NASA, but zero confidence in Samsung.

          • They are simply supplying the phone, NASA is doing the real work. Get your anti-Samsung kicks elsewhere.

    • TheDrizzle

      Sad but true…

  • Bob

    This just in – Apple is requesting royalties for the use of smartphones in space.

    • michael arazan

      Great, get ready for apple to sue Nasa.

  • EvanTheGamer

    …which I’m guessing just wasn’t possible if they used an iPhone instead. Zing?

    ZING is right! Ha!

  • Benjamin Sicard

    GNex’s would make for some pretty sexy satellites. Let’s go 3.0!

    • Capt. Crunch

      For only $350 they should use the GNex

      • jim

        but they need pictures, and everyone knows the gnex has a crappy camera