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[BBC] Mobile phone to blast into space.

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British engineers are planning to put a mobile phone in space.

The team at Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) in Guildford want to see if the sophisticated capabilities in today's phones will function in the most challenging environment known.

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It will be used to control a 30cm-long satellite and take pictures of the Earth in the mission later this year.
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Awesome, using off the shelf equipment in complex systems. Now that is good engineering. Also amazing to think that something we buy, play silly games on and carry round in our pockets can do so much.
Edited by GingerJohn - 1/24/11 at 5:07am
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Catapult it?
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Didn't google do this already?
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Catapult it?
Read the article?

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Didn't google do this already?
Yes, with the Nexus S (S for Space?) but the phone didn't do anything useful when it was up there. The point is that they are using the phone to control a satellite, which makes sense. Why waste time and money designing and building a bespoke solution when you can buy something off the shelf that will do the job?
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Awesome, using off the shelf equipment in complex systems. Now that is good engineering. Also amazing to think that something we buy, play silly games on and carry round in our pockets can do so much.
What makes me sad is companies like Apple and Sony doing anything and everything they can to limit the use of the products they sell to people. This sort of thing should be encouraged and assisted not shunned and prevented.
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If they did this, couldnt you technically hack the software and control it yourself?
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better be a damn good camera.

edit- oh, i thought they meant they were going to take pictures with the phone LOL
Edited by luckypunk - 1/24/11 at 4:30pm
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better be a damn good camera.

edit- oh, i thought they meant they were going to take pictures with the phone LOL
Damn budget cuts!
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