How Android Nexus S Replaced Windows XP On ISS?


In the recent times space research organizations have shown interest in using mobile operating systems to power experiments running in micro gravity environment. Recently, NASA has selected Android powered Nexus S smartphone as the best suited gadget to power SmartSPHERES project that will make life simple for astronauts working inside the ISS (international Space Ship).

The news of Nexus S getting the prestigious work was first revealed by Mark Micire, who is leading NASA’s Intelligent Robotics Group, responsible for developing the SmartSPHERES project. According to the research scientist, Nexus S will make the project move from concept to reality in just six months.

Well, if you are new to the Smart SPHERES project, it is Sci-fi inspired spherical object capable of floating around ISS in micro-gravity and employed to collect various bits data inside the ISS. Presently, they are relying on half a decade old microprocessors. These SmartSPHERES float around the ISS collecting data, and sends the data utilizing Windows XP.

The Nexus S will make the transition much easier and quicker as it already offers a variety of vital components capable of collecting data, and with the open source Android the team has full control over the system. The team behind the project has already made several exciting tweaks to the Nexus S.

Among the interesting modifications the team dealing with the issue of banned lithium-ion batteries in space the Nexus S’s power source with six wired AA batteries enclosed a material that would prevent potential alkaline leakage, which may occur as time passes. The screen on Nexus S was covered with tape to retain any cracked glass particles in case the SPHERE crashed against a wall.

via arstechnica


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