Friday, May 3, 2013


PhoneSat is a NASA project under the Small Spacecraft Technology program, a part of the Space Technology Mission Directorate. Using off-the-shelf commercial smartphones, engineers are testing the hardware for future application in science and exploration missions. Three smartphone satellites rode to orbit aboard the demonstration flight of Orbital Science Corp.'s Antares rocket on April 21, 2013. The PhoneSats deorbited on April 27th. The website details the project which includes the participation of Amateur radio operators around the world. There are several pictures available and a list of users that participated. While in orbit a dashboard was available to program participants for tracking the satellites. The PhoneSats transmitted data packets and images of Earth that Amateur radio operators received and forwarded to the PhoneSat team at the Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California. Another launch, with updated versions of the software, will be scheduled for fall of 2013.

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