Smartphone Advances Drive Smallsats | Aviation Week


Terrestrial smartphone technology, based in part on government space research, is finding its way back into space as low-cost, rapidly evolving processors, cameras, GPS receivers and other gear used in bulk by the burgeoning smallsat movement.

 

In California’s Silicon Valley, where the lifetime of a state-of-the-art smartphone is about one year, engineers at NASA’s Ames Research Center have literally been plugging smartphones into spacecraft to get the most capable hardware into space quickly.

 

That approach has migrated into the commercial sector, where groups of Ames alumni are applying it to constellations of low-orbit smallsats that they are evolving toward the day when they can provide daily remote-sensing updates over the entire Earth.

Source: aviationweek.com

Another great article from "aviationweek.com" about how the ordinary smart phone can help with space research, remote sensing, and other space applications.  According to "Aviation Week", engineers at NASA’s Ames Research Center "have literally been plugging smartphones into small spacecraft to get the most capable hardware into space quickly."  Some amateur radio groups have used the same approach with high-altitude balloons.  Ames scientists are working toward "the day when they can provide daily remote sensing updates over the entire Earth."  How about an application for the remote operation of amateur radio stations?  Imagine using your smartphone to contact a "constellation" of orbiting smallsats to remotely operate your station when you’re on vacation or to run an amateur radio station limited by HOAs and CC & Rs.  Couple this idea with low-cost launch platforms offered by private firms such as SpaceX and you have a winning  combination.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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