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Mobile phone to blast into orbit

January 24, 2011 | Comment icon 14 comments



Image Credit: Rob Brown
Engineers are planning to send a mobile phone in to orbit to see if it still works in space.
The phone will run on Google's Android operating system and will also be tested to see if it can control a satellite and take photographs of the Earth. "Modern smartphones are pretty amazing," says project manager Shaun Kenyon.
British engineers are planning to put a mobile phone in space. The team at Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) in Guildford want to see if the sophisticated capabilities in today's phones will function in the most challenging environment known.


Source: BBC News | Comments (14)


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Comment icon #5 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: 12 years ago
ET phone home?
Comment icon #6 Posted by Jaygatz 12 years ago
Ring ring...... "Hello?" "Hello ummm N A We Ha a Pr em!" "Sor y c n you s y th aga your ......." LMAO sorry had to. Yeah seems kind of a pointless venture. Phones in space? whats next? lol
Comment icon #7 Posted by Automaton 12 years ago
Well, considering a kid and his dad already did this as a science project, it shouldn't be too hard for the 'British engineers'. Really cool video of it here . (though I am curious to see if it can 'control' the satellite.)
Comment icon #8 Posted by OverSword 12 years ago
Great PR stunt. Automaton, that one on your link never actually left the atmosphere.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Automaton 12 years ago
Great PR stunt. Automaton, that one on your link never actually left the atmosphere. True, it's too bad the balloon popped, but that was inevitable. Still, I figured it was close enough
Comment icon #10 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 12 years ago
Yeah seems kind of a pointless venture. Phones in space? whats next? lol The point is that it is cheap over the counter technology rather than multi-million dollar technology. They re trying to make space more affordable and accessible. Well, considering a kid and his dad already did this as a science project, it shouldn't be too hard for the 'British engineers'. No they didn't. They sent a phone up to altitude on a balloon. That's very, VERY different to placing it in orbit.
Comment icon #11 Posted by TattooMan 12 years ago
I find it funny and feasible to send a phone into orbit and even control a satellite. And the fact they chose an Android OS phone is great, considering I am a proud owner of such a device. PR or not, this is a great way to see how capable and powerful todays smartphones really are. I hope they pull it off.
Comment icon #12 Posted by -Cult of the wolves- 12 years ago
I really think that they are just running out of ideas of what to hurl into space, next thing you know they are going to hurl a bouncy castle into space for some unknown reason.
Comment icon #13 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: 12 years ago
I really think that they are just running out of ideas of what to hurl into space, next thing you know they are going to hurl a bouncy castle into space for some unknown reason. LOL! Bounce once, and you just fly away.
Comment icon #14 Posted by The Unseen 12 years ago
It just goes to show everyone what kind of idiots we have working in NASA.what a waste of money,no wonder we are so behind everybody else in this space race.


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