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Google smartphones in orbit

7 Jul, 2014

NASA announces that their Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) are being equipped with smartphones produced by Google which have a motion-tracking camera, infrared depth censors, and space-tested batteries equipped, allowing the satellites to navigate more easily:

We wanted to add communication, a camera, increase the processing capability, accelerometers and other sensors. As we were scratching our heads thinking about what to do, we realized the answer was in our hands.┬áLet’s just use smartphones.