Nexus Ones are radiation-hardened?
If you've ever wondered what happens when you stick a Google Nexus One phone in a rocket and blast it to 28,000ft from the Nevada desert, then here's your answer: This fine piece of tomfoolery was the work of rocket fans down at the Mavericks Civilian Space Foundation, who provided a launch vehicle for the "Nexus One/Arduino …
But surely the Van Allan Belt will shield any low earth orbit satalite pretty well anyway...If i recall there are many sats in LEO even some useful ones like the entire Iriduim constellation.
erm, no, the Van Allen Radiation Belt is, as the name suggests, chock-full of harmful radiation and, inconveniently, occupies the entire range of Low Earth Orbit, which happens to comfortably contain the orbits of the Iridium satellite constellation. You can bet those suckers are shielded to the gills.
Thanks for the prompt to read more.. mis remembered half truths... so my wiki funded education now says that the Van Allen Belts do create a safe zone but it is further out, between the inner and outer belts. Knowledge corrected.
Rumor has it there are lumps of rock taller than that ... and I'm fairly certain that last time I crossed ThePond[tm], I was about a mile higher.
The boundary between atmosphere and space is traditionally put at 100km, so, eh, much much higher.
Bonkers-assed "I wonder if we can repurpose something into something else" tomfoolery always brings a smile to my face.
Try doing this with a iPhone...
An iPhone might even get a better reception up there!
will it get a better signal
Pah! Paris can do better than that.
Didn't look like freefall to me, it appeared to be parachuting at that point. Unless it was freefalling while being attacked by an orange flying squid.
I'm pretty impressed the phone survived impacting with the desert floor at over 10,000 miles per hour.
It was actually doing something useful too. Pictures in the first link, more details of the flight in the second. I don't know which of the experiments it was part of.
Glad to see it survived :)
OK, now I'm really really dizzy!
An interesting experiment. It could have been a good test of a camera's image stabilisation system.
The welsh have been doing something similar for years, using bottle rockets and small animals.
The UK space program has progressed nicely ;-)
Paris likes pocket rockets