HTC Is Going to Space


We’ve had some pretty cool product launches in our time, but next year NASA is redefining a phone launch: in 2013 they are launching an HTC-built Nexus One into space. The mission is part of the PhoneSat program, which is dedicated to creating small, low-cost, and easy-to-build “nano-satellites.”

As you might expect however, NASA isn’t just un-boxing an HTC Nexus One and strapping it to a rocket. They’ve already put the Nexus One through years of tests, from thermal-vacuum chambers, extreme vibration tests, to high-altitude balloon flights, and more. Back in 2010, a Nexus One was attached to a rocket and shot to the edge of space – and the phone’s camera recorded the entire trip.

Video from an HTC Nexus One during a rocket launch test.

This revolutionary approach to satellite design is possible because today’s smartphones incorporate nearly all the things needed for a modern satellite: flexible operating systems, GPS receivers, multi-band radios, gyroscopes, accelerometers, high-quality cameras, and more. Even a device like the Nexus One, which is several years old, has about 100 times more processing power than the average satellite orbiting overhead today.

Given how far technology has come since the Nexus One, it will be amazing to see what NASA engineers do with today’s technology. Perhaps we’ll see the HTC One X+ in the next spaceship bound for Jupiter?

What would you like to see NASA do with a smartphone?

20 Responses to “HTC Is Going to Space”

  1. avatar ukscj says:

    I hope they make a video about the project and launch

    It would be cool if nasa (call home) from mars and on the other said of the phone there’s Google Now telling nasa (what’s the weather like on mar) :-)

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  3. Was following this news for quite long time.

    I believe it is always better to use a compact device that can be protected from external affect instead of creating a complex which contains heavy and big invulnerable details.

    Strange that shortage of financial funds made people come to this.
    Good luck NASA with their Nexus One

  4. I still have my Nexus One!

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  6. and yet they cant even make a smartphone battery that can last an entire week or more without charging….

  7. avatar Blaireau says:

    And when is Desire X coming to Earth ?

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  11. i hav one x….no complaints at all…