Thursday, December 29, 2011

Google Spaceship

This caught my eye on the Google front page.
J. and I met Michael Safyan of NASA Ames at the recent hackerSPACE conference down in Lexington. He's involved in the Phonesat project [video from Bay-area Maker Faire], which aims at "Using radio, processing power, sensors and cameras in smartphones for small satellites." [see 2011-2012 report]

NASA has already flown some little Nexus S smartphone based robots called SPHERES on the ISS. Hopefully, we'll see free-flying orbital smartphones soon too.

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  1. BBC reports, from the Chaos Communication Congress in Berlin: The project's organisers said the Hackerspace Global Grid will also involve developing a grid of ground stations to track and communicate with the satellites.
    [...]
    "The first goal is an uncensorable internet in space. Let's take the internet out of the control of terrestrial entities," Mr Farr said.

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