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[CN] Google Launches Nexus S Phones Into Space To Test Hardware Sensors.

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http://edition.cnn.com/2010/TECH/mob...ace/index.html

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Or it could be related to a project Wang mentioned in an interview with New Scientist last week. Google is in talks with a UK satellite manufacturer about contributing the core technology in the Nexus S to help build small satellites, according to that report.

"The phone is powerful enough," Wang told the science publication.

Google says it recovered all seven capsules from the test run. At least one of those reached higher than 100,000 feet (more than 20 miles).
Now THIS is hardware testing.
I have to give props to Google, they really go above and beyond when it comes to the Nexus.

Literally
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I understand that there is probably serious stress put on the phone itself during this trip, but could someone explain exactly what this "mission" will test? Just hardware durability, signal, or what?

It is good to see that they are really putting forth the effort on this phone, though, if that's what you want to call it. Oh, how I wish it'll be available for Sprint.
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This mission will stress test their PR and advertisement campaign
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remember iron man icing up?
maybe it's something like that.

or like Liranan said, it's some epic pr.
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This mission will stress test their PR and advertisement campaign
This, all they had to do was strap some phones to weather ballons and let em go and now you and I are reading about it
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Why? because they can.
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Now THIS is hardware testing.
I have to give props to Google, they really go above and beyond when it comes to the Nexus.

Literally
You are the target audience of this PR stunt
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You are the target audience of this PR stunt
Then it worked like a charm.

But they are most likely testing it for mini satellites, they've stated that before.
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Then it worked like a charm.

But they are most likely testing it for mini satellites, they've stated that before.
Mini satellites? No chance. For a start, this didn't go anywhere near space. Secondly - it was attached to the bottom of a weather balloon. No orbit there. If google wanted satellites, it'd be talking to commercial space companies, rather than simply firing stuff up attached to bags of helium. Start at GPS, not Sputnik and all that.
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It wasn't for testing the signal at all, they aren't legally allowed to use cell providers up that high (I think the limit is like 3,000ft).
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