December 8, 2013

'PhoneSat' Made from Samsung Nexus S Calls Earth from Space

NASA's newest tiny, cheap "PhoneSat" — a super cheap satellite made out of off-the-shelf Android hardware — has dialed home from orbit, meaning all systems are go.

The 2.2-pound satellite was built using a heavily-modified Samsung Nexus S and uses a two-way S-band radio so that engineers can command it remotely. It's part of NASA's effort to explore cheaper satellite technology.

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