Some of you may remember that NASA, they do space stuff, conducted it’s first experiment using a Nexus S. The Android phones were attached to devices called Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites or SPHERES (Cute, NASA).
The idea was that the SPHERES could be operated as remote controlled robots to capture images or conduct importance surveying of the International Space Station. It’s actually pretty cool since each one of the SPHERES has tiny CO2 powered thrusters attached to the sides.
Well, apparently NASA conclude the experiment and posted up it’s finding on it’s blog. Most of the tests involved the SPHERES ability to move and rotate about the cabin. The experiment included the use of the Logger app, which you can actually download from the Android Market here.
According to my calculations, the results from the experiment are, well, really impressive. I don’t want to elaborate more than that, because I’d like you all to reach your own conclusions. Discuss amongst yourselves.
The first video below gives a good outline of the whole project and the second show off some footage from the perspective of a one of these devices flying around the station.