NASA to Send Android Smartphone Powered Nano-Satellites into Space

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alt789

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Mortal_M

You gotta see this...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAtje5weAU0&feature=player_embedded

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don2041

Any cube that has 4 corners is in violation of APPLE law and shall be delt with to the full extent of Apples lawyers

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rathb18

haha ya I would love to see apple take on the U.S government, Heck all the government would do is probably kill whoever's in charge and make it a government company like GM.

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Space_Kadet

Just wanted to elaborate on the comments by vmrlbasic and John. Many satellites in low earth orbit fly GPS receivers for tracking their positions in orbit and performing earth science measurements. The GPS constellation is in a much higher medium earth orbit. Also, based on the photo, this looks like it is designed to take advantage of the cubesat form factor and deployment system, which as John points out, can piggyback on many different launch vehicles and uses the spring loaded "P-Pod" to break free from the primary payload. It will be interesting to see how long such a powerful compact commercial system can last in the challenging thermal and radiation environment in space.

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John Pombrio

According to another article, these small guys are only supposed to last at most 3-4 days in space and are set in low enough orbit that the they spiral in soon after.

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Ulrich

P-pod... Apple is so going to sue NASA now...

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vrmlbasic

I'm curious as to what PhoneSat 2.0 is going to do with a GPS receiver in space? Is it destined to be so much lower than the GPS satellites that it can still receive signals from several of 'em and "triangulate" its position?

If PhoneSat 1.0 doesn't have solar panels, how long can it run for? I hope for longer than the average smartphone battery life ;)

I'm still not past the fact that NASA can't and doesn't launch its own craft/men into space any longer. "Orbital Sciences" sounds like a company that could be featured in Portal 3.

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EKRboi

LMAO... when I read the headline I basically thought what others have said.. "Uh oh... here comes Apple to ruin all the fun".

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EKRboi

LMAO... when I read the headline I basically thought what others have said.. "Uh oh... here comes Apple to ruin all the fun".

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pjdatechy

awww man, NOW patent Giant Apple going to sue NASA

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John Pombrio

I am pretty sure that these micro satellites will be piggybacked onto regular orbital flights to the space station and others. They will just stick it on the lift bus somewhere with a small pyrotechnical charge attached.

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acidic

now crapple is going to sue nasa for using a recently banned phone. they are also going to go ahead and patent space (a large void, mostly vacuum, with subatomic particles traveling through it, at various speeds) to further their case against nasa. this will only bring space exploration to a halt just like they are trying with the whole phone industry.

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Ulrich

great now NASA will be sued by Apple... I'm sure they have some vague patent for low orbit nano smartphone satellites, or a patent on any shape that you could conceivably make a nano satellite. Oh, and don't use the word Nano on it anywhere...

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