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Android Phones At the Edge of Space 42

garymortimer writes "It seems like the Google crowd are really keen to replicate what many in the small Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) world have been playing with for the last couple of years. It really will be interesting to see the UAS apps that must be coming for the Nexus S. Quoting the Google Mobile Blog: 'Recently, we traveled to Ione, CA and sent seven payloads up, up, and away into near space, each equipped with a Nexus S. We took some cues from others who have sent homemade weather balloon rigs far up, and we wanted an opportunity to collect some interesting data about the sensors in Nexus S – GPS, gyroscope, accelerometer, and magnetometer. We also couldn't resist what looked like a great way to spend a weekend. Sending the balloons up also gave us an opportunity to capture some stunning imagery and videos of Earth.'"
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Android Phones At the Edge of Space

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  • Yawn (Score:1, Insightful)

    Your data isn't that interesting. Launching your cellphone into space* isn't worthy of slashdot. This has been done a hundred times before. All you're doing at this point is polluting the environment. Call us when you manage to launch a bucket of gravel into orbit or something truly novel.

    *cue the "it's not space" replies

    • Re:Yawn (Score:4, Funny)

      by Monkeedude1212 ( 1560403 ) on Friday December 24, 2010 @01:30PM (#34660774) Journal

      Though entirely offtopic - I found your post more insightful when I replaced the following words. data=life, cellphone=activities, space=twitter, orbit=someone's face.

    • First the didn't say it was in space, they said "so we decided to venture into near space, with the help of some Androids. " and the title "Android In Spaaaace!" was clearly a SNL Mr. Bill [wikipedia.org] Reference; So turn in your geek card immediately. If you watch the first video on the page you'll see the little Android Commander figurine get flicked off the payload package and into the void by one of the parachute lines, Mr. Sluggo must have bacame a parachute rigger.

      • by Thing 1 ( 178996 )
        SNL? I thought The Muppet Show did it first ("Piiiiiigs iiiiiin Spaaaace!")
    • by timkar ( 964479 )
      You must be soooo much fun at parties.
    • All you're doing at this point is polluting the environment.

      From the story (I take it you didn't read?):

      In the end, the team recovered all of the payloads sent up...

      I'm sure you're jaded from doing this sort of thing all the time, but I still find it pretty cool. You will receive a t-shirt that says "Meh." for Christmas.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Apple iProduct users would never do anything so outlandish since it would void the implied shrinkwrap warranty of 'thinking different' which usually means quaffing Starbucks while wearing square glasses and laughing about how Cory and Xeni are sooooo ironic and retro.

  • A Request (Score:2, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward

    Dear Google,

    Please send all Android phones to space and make the earth a better iPlace.



  • ...overclocking the device's CPU! It was so cold in the "space" that they could push the new Nexus to the limits... without cooking it :)

    sudo rm -rf ./its-not-space-replies
    sudo rm -rf ./it-didnt-happen-replies
    sudo rm -rf ./apple-is-better-replies
    sudo rm -rf ./unclassfied-troll-replies
  • is a huge piece of crap

    Seriously Google, get your game up

    the time it takes to sync is RIDICULOUS

    • by Anonymous Coward

      My original Motorola Droid has a GPS lock in seconds, even inside.

      Only certain handsets have had problems with GPS locks, namely the Galaxy S series, which leads me to believe that the problem lies within something that handset manufacturers went and did with the code. Had they of just left Android alone (like with the original Motorola Droid) and not thrown all sorts of bloatware and hideous UIs onto it, the GPS likely wouldn't have a problem.

    • Consumer GPS units aren't supposed to work above 60,000 feet or 1,000 MPH. Otherwise, they're subject to US military export controls. Of course, since Android units are probably made outside the US, that doesn't apply.

      (The US needs to give up on export controls in the electronics area. It's just a headache for US firms, and everybody else can get everything they need elsewhere.)

  • by artg ( 24127 ) on Friday December 24, 2010 @03:40PM (#34661494)
    Coming soon to a location near you ..
  • I have a cliq xt and still waiting for the 2.1 upgrade that will probably never happen unless I root and custom rom it, so can I send it up? I'd be able to get a new phone and maybe able to talk my cell provider into giving me something else instead!
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Working at Google is boring.

Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing. -- Wernher von Braun