NASA to use Android Smartphones on Small Satellites

The US army already uses the Android operating system as a secure platform on its mobile devices, and now it is NASA's turn to deposit its chips on Google's OS. The agency plans to place Android smartphones in space as part of the Ames Research Center's nanosatellite project. Called PhoneSat, the plan integrates an HTC Nexus One into a small satellite, adding an effective battery system and thus lowering the cost of launching satellites to the space by $ 3,500 – about $ 7,120.

The Android smartphone sits in a cubic structure that measures approximately 4 inches (10 cm)

The Nexus One will function as the satellite's onboard computer, will determine the orientation of the probe while the camera will be used for Earth observations. Isn't it amazing what an Android can do in space? Commercial components not available on the market will be used to increase the size of the smartphone, including a special reset circuit that will be used to control the Android device and restart it if necessary.

Like an astronaut, the Nexus One has gone through a lot of tests to be part of a space expedition. NASA has tested PhoneSat for extreme situations including thermal and vibration isolation, shock, flight testing, and high-altitude rocket launch.

The first Android powered satellite is scheduled to launch this year on the Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket. A curious point, PhoneSat aims at the basic mission of staying alive in space for a short period of time, sending NASA digital images of Earth and space through its camera and at the same time sending satellite health information. .

If successful, it will be followed by an even more powerful nanosatlite supported by the Nexus S smartphone, which features two-way radio, solar panels and GPS receiver.

How about sending your Android device into space?

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