NASA has recently sent two Android-powered Google Nexux S smartphones into space with the last manned space shuttle, Atlantis, on the STS-135 mission. The smartphones were used to test and investigate how humans and robots can co-exist in space more efficiently. NASA is hoping that these experiments will lead to implementing robots to complete some routine tasks normally done by astronauts.
NASA STS-135 Mission and Samsung Google Nexux S Smartphone
Android phones help the robotic satellites perform tasks the astronauts used to do, like recording sensor data and capturing video footage. The device is still awaiting its Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update. Several Nexus S handsets are being used in experiments by NASA, and in upcoming days many of these devices were sent into orbit on Atlantis. According to NASA officials, Nexus S was chosen for the Program because of its easy hardware and software customization.
Search engine giant Google said :
NASA is using Nexus S phones to upgrade a trio of volleyball-sized SPHERES (Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites), originally developed by MIT.
Google Nexus S, which is manufactured by Samsung is reportedly the first commercial smartphone that was certified by NASA to join the space shuttle. The smartphone-enhanced SPHERES will work as remotely operated robots with a built-in camera to take pictures and video, sensors to help conduct inspections, a powerful computing unit to make calculations, and a Wi-Fi connection to transfer data in real-time to the space station as well as mission control.