DCC 2011 – PhoneSat: sub $10k spacecraft


Mike Safyan is an amateur radio operator KJ6MVL who works at NASA. In this talk from the 2011 ARRL/TAPR DCC in Baltimore, Mike describes the PhoneSat project, whose goal is to produce a functioning satellite module for under $10,000. Picture a Nexus Android phone, Arduino and RF transmitter inside a 10cc standard flight-safe housing cube sent into space. The project uses the phone’s sensors and camera with the data stored on an SD card. A one-way 440 MHz radio data downlink is also provided, and the integrated Arduino board performs watchdog/Lazarus duties.

Mike has tested the PhoneSat so far on a near space balloon and a small rocket with positive results. The next stage is planning for a full cube-sat launch.

You can read more about the PhoneSat project at the NASA open government page.

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Comments

  1. BH says:

    Now that is cool!!!

  2. vimark says:

    Is this the first time for Arduino go to space?

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