NASA launched three smartphone satellites into orbit

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11 Responses to “NASA launched three smartphone satellites into orbit”

  1. KWillets says:

    They were all turned off before flight, right?

  2. Because they disabled the phone (calling/texting) bits and added an external battery… wouldn’t some arduino or raspberry pi thing work as well?

    • TooGoodToCheck says:

      Uncertain.  Perhaps phones are built more ruggedly than raspberry pi.  Phones go though drop tests and such that probably (I am purely guessing) reduce the risk that they will fall apart during launch

      Also, phones are generally designed for remarkably low power consumption relative to the computing they deliver.

    • echolocate chocolate says:

      The phone part of a smart phone is almost the least significant–isn’t it basically a single standard chip, or even just part of a chip? A typical smart phone has accelerometers, a gyroscope, often multiple cameras, a bunch of storage, a reliable and compact power supply and is designed to have low power consumption. And they’re small and light and come in a fairly rugged package.

  3. anansi133 says:

    Do those minutes get them frequent flyer miles?

    • Richard_Pietrasz says:

       Not too many.  There is no air to speak of up there, so objects do not fly, they just fall and miss.

  4. sam1148 says:

    Do they have a way to de-orbit these after end of life? Seems like a bunch of them would be a big hazard one day. 

    • echolocate chocolate says:

      I think they’ll de-orbit naturally as they’re in low enough orbit that they experience a tiny amount of drag–the ISS would de-orbit without the occasional adjustment to its orbit, for example.

  5. Chris Warren says:

    Loki called. He wants his cosmic cube back.

  6. Uhclem says:

    The roaming costs could bankrupt NASA

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