A high-altitude balloon test of a mini-satellite powered by a smartphone

A high-altitude balloon test of a mini-satellite powered by a smartphone

If you’ve had enough Mars coverage for one year, tune to a great feature in PCWorld about the next generation of satellites.

This year, NASA’s “PhoneSat” program will send several Google Nexus One–controlled mini-satellites into space, doing proof-of-concept tests that could result in smaller and much cheaper satellites in the future.

Each satellite will be packed into a 10-by-10-by-10-cm cube that will weigh about 4 lbs.

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