UK company Surrey Satellite Technology Limited is undertaking an experiment we highly approve of: sending an Android smart phone to space. This won’t be the first time a Google mobile device has found itself flying high over the Earth, but this time will be different: the phone will be doing the piloting.
SSTL hopes to prove that off-the-shelf consumer electronics like smart phones can power advanced satellite systems. For years SSTL has been adapting computer parts for satellites. We wish them luck with the Android satellite--smaller, cheaper satellites are good for everyone. Even if their smart phone satellite is a success, we doubt it will manage to be as cool as one family’s project to send an HD camera and an iPhone into space.