Android - A New Astronaut To Space

Android Jumps high

Two android powered GOOGLE NEXUS S smartphones got a ride into space when NASA sent two Nexus S phones along for the ride as part of the STS-135 mission. The motto is to explore and investigate how robots can help humans can co-exist in space more efficiently.

According to the Official Google blog the new venture stated that NASA is using Nexus S phones to upgrade a trio of volleyball-sized Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES), small robotics satellites originally developed by the MIT.NASA is hoping that the android phones help robotic satellites perform tasks the astronauts used to do, like recording sensor data and capturing video footage.

The Official Google blog stated that a couple of its engineers built an open source sensor logging app that NASA decided to use for running diagnostics with the SPHERES.The device is still awaiting its Android 4.0 ice cream sandwich update. Several Nexus S handsets are being used in experiments by NASA, and in august, many of these devices were sent into orbit on Atlantis. According to NASA officials, Nexus S was chosen for the program because of its easy hardware and software customization. He also added that Nexus S was also a good fit because of its various sensors and low-powered, but high-performing, processor.


Wired also reported in January, that researchers at the University of Surrey and Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) in England are developing an Android-powered satellite to be launched into lower-earth orbit before year's end.


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