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DCC 2011 – PhoneSat: sub $10k spacecraft

Posted on Monday, May 21st, 2012 in Android, Arduino, RF, talks by the machinegeek


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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2 Responses to “DCC 2011 – PhoneSat: sub $10k spacecraft”

  1. BH says:

    Now that is cool!!!

  2. vimark says:

    Is this the first time for Arduino go to space?

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