NASA is taking the cheap but effective route by launching 4-inch satellites using Android phones as the on-board computer. PhoneSats. Brilliant.
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- Cool most intelligent commentAug 27, 2012
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- Nada has been using Android phones already because , yes they're open source and iPhones are notAug 27, 2012
- Oscar Salgado: Define Open Source? You can build an entire Apple OS free, just like you can Linux. It's called the Darwin Project. You can get the source code for free, and you can compile it on your own hardware. And Darwin is even governed by GNU-GPL... That sounds like Open Source too me....Aug 30, 2012
- One of the funny things about this whole post, is that people focus only on the fact NASA just used an over the counter phone to run a satelite. However this is an old trick. Just a new repackaging. A couple years back, NASA did the exact same thing with iPhones and iPads. The main differences from the iPhone and the current Android project are: 1) They networked several iPhone and iPads together to serve as the processor units of the satelites they put them in. 2) They bought them directly from Apple, most likely getting a way cheaper price than if buying them over the counter, and cheaper than buying an over the counter Android. 3) They re-wrote the OS on the Apple hardware so they could run their own specialized software programs. The reason they choose to go with Apple Mac iPhones and iPads back then was because the iPhones and iPads were Motorola RISC processor CPU's which ran fast and cooler and more dependable than their Intel and AMD counterparts..... I guess one could make an argument that all the alleged Android and Open Source fans on here, are very misinformed and un-knowledgeable about things.... For a lot of the posts and posters on here, they following analogy works, Posts and poster are like this sentence: ""Colorless green ideas sleep furiously".Aug 30, 2012
- And why didn't they choose an I fone?...because it's "closed/proprietary" software/hardware!, full of undectable BUGS.Jun 2, 2014
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