NASA will launch nanosatellites running smartphones


03/09/2012

A small team of engineers from NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., will develop three nanosatellite running smartfonov.Kosmicheskoe agency is going to run these nanosatellites this year. These satellites will be created from standard commercial smartphones, which will reduce the cost of each prototype to $ 3 500.Nanosputniki - are miniature satellites in the form of a cube. They differ from other satellites ease (1.8 kg) and small size (10 cm). Through the use of conventional smartphones, the assurances of NASA, it will be the cheapest and easiest to prepare to launch a satellite into space in history. "Conventional smartphones already meet all the requirements for satellite systems, including a faster processor, a flexible operating system, a few miniature sensors, high-resolution cameras, GPS-receivers, and several radio" - says NASA. The agency uses the Google phones running Android. NASA says it has developed two types of satellite-based smartphones. These nanosatellites will be managed using a cell phone with the operating system and the possibility of communication. The purpose of the first model called PhoneSat 1.0, is simply to hang in space. NASA said that PhoneSat 1.0, running phone HTC Nexus One, will have to take a picture of the Earth and send them back, along with information about their condition. Next model, PhoneSat 2.0, will have a wider arsenal of features. These nanosatellites will be managed by smartphones Samsung Nexus S, which are equipped with two-way radio in the S-band, allowing engineers to control it from Earth. They will also be equipped with solar panels, which will extend the battery life, as well as GPS-priemnikom.Eti three satellites - two PhoneSat 1.0 and one PhoneSat 2.0, will be launched this year on board the Antares rocket company Orbital Sciences Corp.Original: Phys.org


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