Ooh! HTC and NASA are going to send a phone into space!

Woohoo! I love it when I see a story like this, ‘cos it means my nerdy side can unfurl its wings while I’m blogging about it. I’m especially excited today, because this particular bit of news involves my favourite manufacturer, HTC, and my favourite agency, i.e. NASA. Yes, basically, according to HTC’s own blog, they’re going to be a sending a mobile phone into space.

The phone in question is the HTC-made Nexus One, the phone that shared a chassis with the old HTC Desire, and if you’re wondering why they went with such an old phone, it’s because, well, that’s how long this project has been in development.

Yes, this is not a short term project…

Basically, NASA’s been putting the phone would an extensive array of different test, to make sure it can actually survive being flung into the inky blackness. Thermal-vacuum tests, high intensity vibration tests, high altitude balloon flights… all of them were needed to make sure that the phone wouldn’t just get up there, contemplate the vastness of the universe and the inconsequentiality of its own existence, and end its existence by flinging itself back to Earth.

Okay, I may have got a bit carried away with the metaphor, there, but you see my point…

As for why they’re doing this, it’s all part of NASA’s PhoneSat program, a project designed to create small, cheap, simple-to-make ‘nano-satellites’ (and that name’s not an exaggeration… that box in the photo, in which the phone sits, is only a bit bigger than a coffee mug). If you’re wondering why NASA’s turned to phones for this project, it’s because smartphones basically have pretty much everything a satellite needs, like GPS receivers, decent cameras, programmable operating systems, and all that good stuff.

So, we are going to see, next year, a Nexus one being flung into space. Maybe one day, as the Taiwanese manufacturer points out, we’ll see an HTC One X+ (or HTC One X Plus, if we’re going for longhand writing) piloting a ship to Jupiter, although I can’t help but think that if that does happen, they’d be better to go for a phone that looks more monolithic, for the lulz, especially if they could also see their way fit to call the ship ‘Sentinel’ (no, that wasn’t a Star Trek joke).

And then, it’ll end up coming back as V’Ger (that one was, though)…

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It's a little known fact Technical Markus has now beaten both his Transformers addiction AND his Mass Effect addiction, by replacing both with an equally obsessive addiction to XCOM: Enemy Unknown and buying Humble Bundles for his Android phone. At the moment, he's pondering the actual usefulness of smartwatches and smart glasses, even if the nerd in him is shouting for joy at how sci-fi they are. He spends his spare time being whinged at to figure out what's wrong with other people's mobile phones, and drinking unimaginable quantities of tea. With milk. And three sweeteners, thanks for asking. Oh, and he's got an HTC One X, but he reckons his next phone might be a Sony, the turncoat...