Androids in space! Google launched seven Nexus S smart-phones into orbit, using air balloons.
Google's new Nexus S smartphone has launched.
To celebrate the release of the Nexus S, Google employees constructed seven hobbyist-style air balloons, each containing a phone, and sent them into orbit.
In a company blog post chronicling the nerdy stunt, Google's Zi Wang wrote that the project was intended to help test some of the hardware sensors in the phone. But that could just be a front to convince their bosses they weren't goofing off.
Or it could be related to a project Wang mentioned in an interview with New Scientist last week. Google is in talks with a UK satellite manufacturer about contributing the core technology in the Nexus S to help build small satellites, according to that report.
"The phone is powerful enough," Wang told the science publication.
Google says it recovered all seven capsules from the test run. At least one of those reached higher than 100,000 feet (more than 20 miles).
The phones stopped functioning at 60,000 feet -- about twice as high as most planes fly. Not bad for being in space without a helmet.
Google says the phones started working again on descent.
The company posted several videos about the project on YouTube.
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It is a sad thing to notice the last posting we managed to get on our website was the spring move, and here we are looking at the Fall move... sigh.. How does summer get away from us so easily??
Growing Lots is on the move once more... ! Ironically enough we are moving back down the block to the site we came from earlier this year... yep, we are indeed feeling a bit like yo-yo's. However, the move was necessary, and now we will have an expanded site available, a building with electricity (we know! watch out here we come :) , and at least a 3-4 years of stability. wheeew!
Growing Lots will be holding 2 work days for friends, family and community members to come help move the farm. We will have lots of jobs, and many hands make fun work, yes? Drop us an email (email@example.com) for more information!!
Saturday, September 17th 10 am - 4 pm
Saturday, September 24th 10 am - 4 pm
- Cleaning new site
- Leveling Soil
- Trimming brush
- disassembling chicken coop, moving and reassembling
- move shelving
- disassembling potato towers and moving fencing
- laying down plastic at new site
- spreading out delivered soil into new beds
- building compost bins
- moving soil/compost from current site to new site
- laying down straw/wood chips
- planting cover crops
- heavy bristled push broom
- water bottle