Android OS is now getting its feet to more sophisticated area, a space satellite. Yeah, that’s right.
Recently, NASA, an outer-space international organization, is the one that realizes the potential of Android operating system for their “out of space” program that later will be called as PhoneSat.
New satellites running Androidis now being prepared and experimented by NASA to be flown away to the space as miniature satellites.
This PhoneSat program is actually made by NASA as a part of its plan to identify how small cheap satellites can be produced by using off-the-shelf parts. Therefore, this program can be so effective for NASA when they want to collect various data in outer space using more than one satellite, which could give more precise data with aggregate resuls of many four-pound mini-satellites.
Currently, there are only 2 models that have been developed by NASA. They are called as PhoneSat 1.0 and PhoneSat 2.0, where PhoneSat 1.0 runs on Nexus One, while PhoneSat 2.0 runs on Nexus S (hopefully, they are running Jelly Bean).
NASA actually has a future plan to use their cheap Android mini-satellites to explore more about moon with low-cost program. It’s just great that what Google has been developing with its team (also thanks to Java Sun for its awesome open-source OS) in the last few years can finally bring many benefits to humankind and this planet. Hopefully, Apple will follow Google steps and start thinking more about world and be less greedy.