Friday, June 7, 2013

[Mobile Cellphone Info] NASA Smartphone Satellites Return Pictures of Earth

Mobile Cellphone Info has posted a new item, 'NASA Smartphone Satellites Return
Pictures of Earth'

Smartphones are lightweight computing devices that keep getting more and more
powerful. As such, that combination makes them ideal for use in the space
program; indeed, weve been hearing NASA talk about using smartphones as the
hearts of tiny satellites for some time now. Last month, the agency launched a
rocket containing three of its PhoneSats, cubical satellites four inches on a
side with that old classic the Nexus One tucked within. As they flew through
space, the PhoneSats relayed back to ground stations on Earth, and today NASA
makes some of what they had to see public, releasing the images above.
These werent taken by some special space camera being controlled by the Nexus
Ones; no, these come straight from the phones five-megapixel cameras themselves.
Sure, there are a lot of artifacts here, but those appear to be less a result of
the camera and more to do with issues sending that picture data back down to
Weve heard NASA talk about experimenting with some higher-end phones for future
launches, so we could easily get some more impressive results next time around.
Any candidates for what it should send up next? Maybe a PureView 808?
Source: NASA
Via: Computer World

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