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Android Inward Spaaaace! (Part 2)

Back inwards December, Android ventured into nigh space, thank you lot to a weekend of DIY work, a duet of Nexus due south phones, around conditions balloons in addition to the assistance of this picayune guy. After this showtime adventure, nosotros knew it was alone a thing of fourth dimension earlier Android went farther into space.

On the in conclusion manned infinite shuttle, Atlantis, NASA sent 2 Nexus due south phones along for the ride equally purpose of the STS-135 mission. The finish is to utilization Nexus due south on the International Space Station to explore how robots tin assistance humans experiment in addition to alive inwards infinite to a greater extent than efficiently.

NASA is using Nexus due south phones to upgrade a trio of volleyball-sized SPHERES (Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites), originally developed yesteryear MIT. The phones assistance the robotic satellites perform tasks the astronauts used to do, similar recording sensor information in addition to capturing video footage. In the future, the phones volition command in addition to maneuver the SPHERES using the IOIO board in addition to mayhap the Android Open Accessory Development Kit (ADK).

Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 duet of our engineers built an opened upwardly source sensor logging app that NASA decided was perfect for running diagnostics amongst the SPHERES. You tin download the same app yourself from Android Market. NASA was interested inwards Android because it’s an opened upwardly source platform, which makes it slow to customize the software on the band to run across the specifications required to wing inwards infinite in addition to run amongst the SPHERES. Nexus due south was equally good a skillful stand upwardly for because of its diverse sensors in addition to low-powered, only high-performing, processor.

You tin larn to a greater extent than nearly the projection on NASA’s website. We loved beingness a purpose of the terminal Space Shuttle mission in addition to working to convey the ability of the Android platform to infinite exploration.


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