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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 …

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Anonymous Coward

Nexus Ones are radiation-hardened?

Who knew?

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Anonymous Coward

V.A.B

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.

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Anonymous Coward

Re: V.A.B.

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.

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Anonymous Coward

Learn something every day...

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.

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Silver badge

28,000 feet is hardly "space".

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.

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WTF?

Indeed.

The boundary between atmosphere and space is traditionally put at 100km, so, eh, much much higher.

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I love this sort of thing

Bonkers-assed "I wonder if we can repurpose something into something else" tomfoolery always brings a smile to my face.

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Happy

Try doing this with a iPhone...

Try doing this with a iPhone...

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Joke

Good idea

An iPhone might even get a better reception up there!

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Troll

if you send an iphone 4 up

will it get a better signal

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FAIL

Only 28,000ft?

Pah! Paris can do better than that.

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WTF?

10 minutes of freefall later?

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.

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Anonymous Coward

Hypersonic orange flying squid

I'm pretty impressed the phone survived impacting with the desert floor at over 10,000 miles per hour.

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Anonymous Coward

Pah! Openmoko topped 100km last year

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.

http://freeyourphone.de/portal_v1/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=1430&p=14569#p14569

http://www.ssc.se/?id=14315

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It survived!

Glad to see it survived :)

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Bronze badge

dizzy!

OK, now I'm really really dizzy!

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Image Clarity

An interesting experiment. It could have been a good test of a camera's image stabilisation system.

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Paris Hilton

Welsh space program?

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

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