Everyone in the world today has a smart phone, and we can get a lot of information through smart phones, such as weather forecasts, earthquake warnings, and so on.
Today, 3trivia shared with trivia lovers about how smart phones can help us live a healthier and happier life. The topic of this issue is Smartphone Satellite.
Two different projects have launched a smartphone into orbit around Earth. Surrey Space Center in the UK launched a Google Nexus One in February as part of a satellite named STRaND-1. The goal is to both test and demonstrate the capabilities of inexpensive consumer technology for use in space. The project is also aiming to capture public involvement, including running an app called Scream In Space, which will play videos submitted through the Internet in orbit.
NASA launched their own phone-based satellite into orbit a few months after STRaND-1. Their goals are the same as for the UK team, and both are encouraging amateur radio operators around the world to track their satellites. The camera on the phone in NASA’s PhoneSat (also a Nexus) has been used to take pictures of the Earth. The satellites cost no more than $7,000 to make, compared to $1 million plus that is spent on most.