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STRaND-1 Satellite Preparing to Activate Onboard Nexus One

Anonymous Coward writes | about a year and a half ago

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An anonymous reader writes "In as little as a few days, the British-made Surrey Training, Research, and Nanosatellite Demonstrator (STRaND-1) satellite will begin transitioning its key systems over to a completely stock Android Nexus One smartphone that's been bolted to the bottom of it. The mission is designed to test the endurance of off-the-shelf consumer hardware, and to validate Android as a viable platform for controlling low-cost spacecraft.

STRaND-1 managed to beat NASA's own "PhoneSat" mission to the punch, which will see a Nexus One and Nexus S launched into space aboard the April test flight of the Orbital Sciences Antares commercial launch vehicle, the prime competitor to SpaceX's Falcon 9."

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Truekaiser (724672) | about a year and a half ago | (#43101053)

Nasa uses older cpu's, often hardened. up in space cosmic and solar radiation tends to affect negatively more modern and smaller electronics.
You do not want a ray to flip a bit and mess up the on board systems causing it to fail or fall.

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