Alan Smithee

Androids in Space

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I may be an Apple fanboy when it comes to their consumer portable electronics, but I do love Google products. I love space travel even more so when you put the two together, you get an awesome video.

Originally found on Google’s blog, this video shows how awesome the Nexus S phone really is. But if you want some cold hard scientific evidence of the trip, look no further.

The payloads collected a lot of data, and many reached high altitudes, with the highest topping out at 107,375 ft., over 20 miles high, or over three times the height of an average commercial jet. We also clocked one of the payloads at 139 mph at its fastest.

In tracking the sensors on each of the phones, we observed that the GPS in Nexus S could function up to altitudes of about 60,000 ft. and would actually start working again on the balloon’s descent. We also saw that Nexus S could withstand some pretty harsh temperatures (as low as -50˚C). Some interesting data we collected:
Maximum Speed: 139 mph
Maximum Altitude: 107,375 ft (over 20 miles, over 30 km)
Maximum Ascent Rate: 5.44 m/s
Average Flight Duration: 2 hours, 40 minutes
Average Descent Time: 34 minutes

That’s pretty damned impressive if I do say so myself. The greatest thing is that they actually recovered all of their payloads they sent up. If you want to read everything about the test and how the did it, click the link below.

Google’s Blog

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