Home » Uncategorized » Rocket group blasts Nexus One smartphone into space (Video)
nexus-one-rocket

Rocket group blasts Nexus One smartphone into space (Video)

What are some of the things you can do with a Nexus One smartphone? Surf the web? Check your email? Play games? How about launching it 28,000 feet into the atmosphere, piggybacked on a rocket while recording the whole thing on video? Crazy, right? Well, that’s exactly what a group of rocket enthusiasts decided to do somewhere in the Nevada desert. The Mavericks Civilian Space Foundation strapped the Nexus One to the outside of an Intimidator-5 rocket and propelled the thing way up into the air.

Why would they do this? As it stands, satellites are far too big, far too bulky, and way too expensive. The idea is to find a low-cost satellite solution by using off the shelf products and components. According to Mavericks Foundation chairman Thomas Atchison, “The radio, processing power, sensors and cameras in smartphones potentially have the same capability as those in satellites.” With this test, the enthusiasts are better able to understand how a phone like the Nexus One can withstand the high-G environment, the vibrations associated with the rocket, the differences in temperature, and so forth.

A video of the rocket spiraling upwards into the outer atmosphere, then descending with a parachute:

Another video with Matthew Reyes explaining a SmallSat evolution from Maker Faire 2010:

[Gadget Lab, RocketMavericks via Make] Photo: jurvetson/flickr

About Michael Kwan

A freelance writer and tech geek from Vancouver. Find me at michaelkwan.com and follow me on Twitter @michaelkwan.

Check Also

wii-oculus-rift-hoverboard

Try Oculus Rift And Wii To Roam Around On The Back To The Future Hoverboard

Check out how you can fly in virtual space by using an Oculus Rift and a Wii Balance Board.

131129-amz

Amazon Appstore for Android Holiday Deals, Including Free Apps

There are tons of deals from the Amazon Appstore that will be offered starting now and throughout the holiday shopping season. They say that they will have "hundreds of titles that are eitehr free... or available between 50-90% off" the regular price.

131129-google

Black Friday: Google Play Store Apps, Games and Content on Sale All Weekend

Case in point, if you head over to the Google Play Store right now, you'll find that Google is celebrating all Cyber Weekend with discounts on all sorts of content. This includes many popular apps and games

131129-gtab

Black Friday Deal: Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1-Inch for $100 Off

Did you manage to score any epic Black Friday deals this morning? Are you still ...

131128-diy

Arduino Co-Creator Releases Plans for $200 DIY Mobile Phone

Mellis was one of the people who came up with the now hugely popular Arduino platform and now he has come up with plans for people to build their own cell phone for about $200 in parts.

131128-apple

No Discounts for Apple Black Friday, Just Free Gift Cards

If you were hoping to save yourself some cash as you brave the Black Friday shopping crowds, you'll want to go somewhere other than the official Apple Stores.